Strand Necklaces(184 items)
Welcome to Novica's Strand Necklace Collection! We hope you enjoy exploring our unique and handmade strand necklaces below:
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
Handmade necklaces are incomparable works of wearable art. Each one is unique in shape, color, size and design. Artisans from across the globe offer their own distinctive style of craftsmanship. In India, the vibrant colored gemstones have become a signature fashion statement. Balinese jewelry is characterized by ornate sterling tendrils set with tiny silver spheres. In Brazil, womens necklaces are often sleek and contemporary, with gemstones chosen for their particular energies. Many jewelry designs from Bali and Central America feature hand-knotted macram, such as that used in Guatemalas popular friendship bracelets. Handmade finishes may show variations in metal patterns. No two natural gemstones share the same characteristics. Each necklace holds its own individualistic sense of beauty, making it evident that it was crafted by hand. Some even bear the artisans signature.
Sustainable necklaces are designed with reusable materials, and each culture makes use of the objects and materials most readily at hand. For example, many Andean, Central American and Thai artists use repurposed wood. West African artisans use recycled paper, and beads of recycled glass or plastic. In Thailand, Mexico and Bali, coconut shells are often used. Indian artists sometimes repurpose silk from saris. And Brazilian artists collect discarded zippers and soda pop-tops to crochet into stunning, eco-friendly designs.
Many artisans the world over work in lost wax. They sculpt the image they want in wax, encase it in a mold, and pour molten silver or gold into it. The wax melts and flows out, leaving only the precious metal. However some artisans in Peru specialize in handmade silver and gold filigree, and some Balinese necklaces feature chains that are handwoven from slender metal strands. Karen hill tribe artisans in Thailand often use manual tools to stamp decorative motifs on fine silver. Other techniques include macram, beaded or gemstone strands, hammered metals, and carved wood or bone.
Womens necklaces are versatile and come in many styles and lengths. They can be layered or worn alone as a statement piece. Many designs go with everything from jeans to office wear or an evening out on the town. The best thing about jewelry is that its a customizable form of expression that provides a sense of luxury and individuality.
When assessing the workmanship of a necklace, its helpful to pay attention to certain characteristics. For example, quality necklaces are balanced designs that rest comfortably around the neck. Clasps are secure and work well, and gemstones and beads are properly set. The precious metals should be nicely finished, and beads should not be too tightly strung. Well-made necklaces reflect excellent craftsmanship and attractive materials.
Each culture celebrates its rich jewelry-making history through specific symbols and styles. For example, traditional West African beads, which adorn many necklaces from the region, each have a story and a specific occasion when they are worn. Others may feature the Ghanian adinkra symbols, which convey popular wisdom. In ancient Andean civilizations, the leaders apparel and jewelry showed their rank and also incorporated religious symbols. Similarly, necklaces from Bali often depict deities from the Hindu pantheon. In India, a womans jewelry is linked to her status in society and may depict Hindu gods as well as mantra symbols such as the omkara, the root of all sounds and the emblem of the Most High. Angel necklaces and harmony ball necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and in Mexico. The pendant makes a delicate bell sound, thought to soothe the mother and the baby she is carrying. Some believe it summons a guardian angel, thus making it a symbol of loving protection.
Featured Reviews on Strand Necklaces
By having two sizes of pearls, the inevitable variation in size and shape is less noticeable. Each pearl is rather unremarkable, but when worn, it looks really classy.
A beautiful and well made necklace
The necklace arrived safely and in good time. I am currently house-bound because of the coronavirus, so I havent yet worn it. But it is beautifully done and I look forward to wearing it soon.
Popular Strand Necklaces
Gold Plated Gemstone Necklace with Prasiolite and Amethyst, "Golden Age"$260.10
The golden age of Indian jewelry arrived with the Mughal emperors in the 16th century. From turban to toe, rulers and their courtiers wore countless gemstones. So-called "sumptuary laws" even prevented anyone who wasn't a member of the royal family from wearing jewels. This necklace captures a small facet of that splendor with a collection of dazzling gems encircled in 14k gold plated sterling silver. Blue topaz, amethyst, prasiolite and smoky quartz are joined in an intriguing and subtle color combination.
Gold Plated Sterling Silver Moon and Star Necklace, "Celestial Gleam"
Designed by Vivek Nathany in India, this necklace adds a celestial beauty to any wardrobe. This fantastic necklace circles the neck with two lengths of 22k gold plated sterling silver cable chain; one chain is decorated with star charms while the other is centered by a majestic crescent moon pendant.
Gold Plated Labradorite Station Necklace from India, "Misty Grace"$37.99
Encircling the neck with two strands of cable chain, this graceful necklace is designed by Vivek Nathany in India. One chain is accented by stations of natural labradorite and gold plated beads, while the shorter chain is centered by a labradorite pendant.
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The Strand Necklace
Always opulent, the strand necklace is a strand of gemstones with very little silver. Single strands or multiple strands can range in length from the choker (between 16 and 18 inches) to opera length (from 28 to 32 inches).
The traditional single pearl strand is welcome with tailored suits or ball gowns and is a perennial expression of good taste. But any gem or combination of stones may conform a strand necklace, and as many as six appear in Sasina's gossamer turquoise jewelry and citrine chokers. The Thai designer knots the stones by hand on silken cords for a wonderfully feminine look. Achara transforms garnet and amethyst into long strands that wrap around the neck. Somluck Komolmith designs black onyx necklaces of bold contrasts, alternating carnelian, quartz or turquoise, then adds matching gemstone earrings.
Novica's Strand Necklace Collection features unique, handmade strands from talented artisans and silversmiths around the world. We invite you to browse ttrough the designs to discover your own personal favorite.