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Clothing for Formal Occasions

 

Yangtze River Pearl Bracelets
Yangtze River Pearl Bracelets
(Based on 6 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets

Early in the 20th century, people discovered how to induce the transformation of a grain of sand into an organic gem, the pearl. Since that time, the natural irregularities of baroque cultured pearls have been treasured by women all over the world. These cultured freshwater pearls are available in shades of honeysuckle, goldenrod, lavender, and rose and are strung on generous elastic. The colors of these bracelets coordinate beautifully together or can be worn singly. Read more about pearls in the June 1997 National Geographic.


$29.00
$17.99
Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch
Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch
(Based on 15 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Watches
Historians believe that cloisonné was introduced to China by traders from Constantinople and has since evolved into a uniquely Chinese art form. Jewelers apply thin filaments of wire to the band to form floral outlines. This step of the cloisonné process has been compared to embroidery. The outlines are filled with powdered glass enamel and fired at high temperatures to fuse the material and bring out its bright colors. This hinged cuff is adjustable and will fit a range of wrist sizes comfortably. Stainless steel face with nickel-plated band.
$45.00
Egyptian Arabesque Gold Earrings
Egyptian Arabesque Gold Earrings
(Based on 18 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings
Arabesque designs—repeating geometric patterns of flowers and animals—are often found in Middle Eastern art and architecture. In Islamic art, these never-ending patterns symbolize a spirituality that extends beyond the visible world. These 24-karat gold-vermeil earrings pair intricate arabesque design with a timeless style. Handmade in Cairo.
$79.00
Victoria Garden Hand-painted Leather Bag
Victoria Garden Hand-painted Leather Bag
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Cultural Bags

Members of the Basu family have been producing vibrant, hand-painted, collectible leather bags in their Kolkata studio for more than 20 years. Colorful flowers and butterflies, inspired by Kolkata’s formal Victoria Garden, decorate this soft and supple handbag. Part of the Anna by Anuschka collection, each is signed on the back. Features inner zip closure, inside zip pocket, two inside patch pockets, outside zip pocket, and outside slot pocket with magnetic clasp. Can be worn over the shoulder or across the body.


$149.00
Thai Dragonfly Brooch
Thai Dragonfly Brooch
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Rings and Pins
An iridescent dragonfly alights on your lapel, its body a collection of semiprecious gems and minerals: black agate, garnet, amethyst, peridot, citrine, blue topaz, and marcasite—a traditional material in Thai jewelry. Dragonflies develop underwater, and when they emerge they shed their outer layer, revealing their typically brilliant colors. This granulated sterling silver pin, handcrafted in Thailand, captures the aerobatics and glimmering hues of these ''devil's darning needles.''
$98.00
Marco Polo Gemstone Earrings
Marco Polo Gemstone Earrings
(Based on 11 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings
Venetian explorer and trader Marco Polo was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road, bringing European goods to Asia and returning with, among other things, precious gems. Here, the journey is embodied in garnet, peridot, amethyst, and granulated 24-k gold vermeil. Renaissance designer Benvenuto Cellini's work for the Medici family is adapted by Chinese jewelers using faceted gems mined in India—true fusion of three cultures. Read more about Marco Polo's journey in Mike Edwards' 2001 series of articles for National Geographic magazine.
$99.00
Caserta Palace Pearl Earrings
Caserta Palace Pearl Earrings
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings

From the Palazzo Reale in Turin to the Reggia di Caserta in the south, Italy’s former royal residences continue to inspire. These sweeping, baroque-style earrings are handcrafted in Italy using brass and freshwater pearls in a style inspired by Renaissance portraits found in the famous Uffizi Gallery, once headquarters of the Medici dynasty.


$129.00
Handcrafted Himalayan Copper Bracelet
Handcrafted Himalayan Copper Bracelet
(Based on 32 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets

Traditional medicine in many Eastern cultures ascribes healing properties to various metals, minerals, and herbs. The copper and brass in this twisted and hammered wire bracelet is sometimes considered helpful for arthritis and for heart and liver conditions. Handmade in Nepal by skilled artisans using metalwork techniques handed down through generations of craftsmen.


$20.00
Gudavi Hand-painted Leather Bag
Gudavi Hand-painted Leather Bag
(Based on 1 review)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Cultural Bags

India is home to more than 1,300 species of birds, from colorful kingfishers to graceful shore birds to the stately peacock. The fanciful bird on this supple leather handbag is inspired by the Common Kingfisher and the migrating birds that visit the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary in the southwestern state of Karnataka.


$195.00
Gold-plated Fulani Tribal Earrings
Gold-plated Fulani Tribal Earrings
(Based on 10 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings
This traditional West African jewelry is created by Fulani craftsmen in Mali. One of the largest groups of nomadic herders in Africa, the Fulani customarily wore their wealth in the form of gold jewelry that they could carry with them at all times. Based on a design that has been worn for centuries, our lightweight earrings are handcrafted from hammered brass that is plated with bright 24-karat gold. 12-karat gold hinged earwires.
$79.00
Kashmiri Floral Bangles - Set of 5
Kashmiri Floral Bangles - Set of 5
(Based on 9 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets
Papier-mâché developed into a fine art during the Persian rule of India. Artisans in the mountainous Kashmir region use papier-mâché to embellish everything from jewelry to decorative boxes to furniture. Master artisans use rich pigments and gold accents to hand paint these lightweight bangles with traditional paisley, floral, and bird patterns. Handcrafted in Kashmir.
$32.00
$14.99
Baltic Amber Heart Earrings
Baltic Amber Heart Earrings
(Based on 29 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings
In the Pomeranian region of Poland, translucent amber is a traditional wedding gift. This natural gem, formed over millions of years from the fossilized resin of ancient trees, is shaped into beads and pendants and passed from generation to generation. As a bridal gift, it serves as an amulet of protection from harm. Sterling silver.
$32.00
Sterling Silver Roman Glass Bracelet
Sterling Silver Roman Glass Bracelet
(Based on 14 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets

Archaeologists have uncovered glass fragments from across the Roman Empire, from vases, vessels, even windowpanes. This asymmetrical cuff bracelet features two medallions of ancient glass excavated in Israel. The iridescent patina develops over 2,000 years of contact with moisture and minerals in the earth, and has made Roman glass popular with collectors for centuries. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.


$168.00
Javanese Flora Beaded Rings
Javanese Flora Beaded Rings
(Based on 10 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Rings and Pins
Indonesian artisans traded beads with Europe during the days of the Roman Empire, and the island's unique beadwork style continues to evolve over the centuries. Inspired by Java's tropical flora and exquisitely beaded formal sarongs, artisans tap into these beading traditions to create this set of ten stretchy, sequined rings in every hue of the rainbow. There is a different ring for every day and mood, or you can share with friends and family. Hand-beaded in Indonesia on comfortable elastic. Colors will vary. Set of 10.
$25.00
Balinese Amethyst Cuff
Balinese Amethyst Cuff
(Based on 8 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets
Balinese silversmith Wayan Sarjana comes from a family of craftsmen, and after years of apprenticeship, now runs his own home workshop near the craft market of his island village. Sarjana elaborates on ancient Indonesian designs to evoke a historical and mystical mood in his jeweled creation. Floral scrolls frame a faceted amethyst center in this exquisite sterling silver bracelet.
$155.00
Silver-plated Fulani Tribal Earrings
Silver-plated Fulani Tribal Earrings
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings

This traditional West African jewelry is created by Fulani craftsmen in Mali. One of the largest groups of nomadic herders in Africa, the Fulani customarily wore their wealth in the form of gold jewelry that they could carry with them at all times. Based on a design that has been worn for centuries, our lightweight earrings are handcrafted from hammered brass that is plated with sterling silver.


$79.00
$46.99
Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings
Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings
These elegant earrings feature 90-year-old jade buttons from the time of the rule of Puyi, China's ''last emperor.'' Bezel-set in 22-karat gold vermeil, they feature dangling tiers of cultured freshwater pearls. Wear an evocative piece of history that symbolizes the end of an era from nearly one century ago. As these are handmade by artisans using vintage buttons, each will vary.
$95.00
$69.99
Jasper Court Necklace
Jasper Court Necklace
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Necklaces
The color palette for this natural jasper necklace was inspired by the range of hues and earthy textures found in the central Chinese countryside. But the design comes from Mandarin court necklaces that were popular during the early years of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). These elaborate strings of beads and charms were said to be inspired by Tibetan mala beads given to Emperor Shunzhi by the Dalai Lama. This versatile necklace illustrates how something as simple as a strand of beads can connect cultures. Natural, undyed jasper beads and gold-plated brass spacers. Handmade in China.
$65.00
Mongolian-style Filigree Bracelet
Mongolian-style Filigree Bracelet
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets
Mongolian-style filigree is a laborious, delicate jeweler's art whose lineage includes Faberge eggs and the trousseaux of Qing dynasty empresses. Few artisans in China remain who can achieve this level of precise detail, but by adapting these time-honored techniques for modern tastes, craftsmen are able to continue making a living through this ancient art. Here, colorful faceted amethyst and peridot alternate within links of high-gloss enamel and intricate 24-karat gold-vermeil filigree to create an accent fit for a queen. Handmade in China.
$299.00
Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings
Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings
(Based on 9 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Earrings

Jade has an ancient history not just in Asia, but also in Mesoamerica, where it was used by cultures from the Olmec to the Maya to the Aztec. It symbolized life and death and was used to make figurines, jewelry, and even inlays for teeth.


$59.00
Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag
Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag
(Based on 17 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Cultural Bags

Craftspeople working in the traditions of rural Bolivian villages merge colonial-influenced designs with indigenous leatherworking skills to create this handsome bag. Working at a studio in La Paz, they hand-tool intricate designs into the thick, natural leather. One inside zip pocket and one flat pocket under the flap.


$159.00
Fulani Tribal Cuff
Fulani Tribal Cuff
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets

This traditional West African jewelry is created by Fulani craftspeople in Mali. One of the largest groups of nomadic herders in Africa, the Fulani customarily wore their wealth in the form of gold jewelry that they could carry with them at all times. Pieces like this, called kwotene kange could weigh up to 300 grams and were the ultimate sign of wealth.


$129.00
Five Rivers Navajo Turquoise Bracelet
Five Rivers Navajo Turquoise Bracelet
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets

Believed to bestow the wearer with courage, luck, health, and protection, turquoise has been used in jewelry making for millennia by cultures as diverse as the Navajo, ancient Egyptians, and Tibetans. This sterling silver bracelet is handcrafted by Navajo artisans in Arizona and features five smooth turquoise stones.


$199.00
Mother of Pearl Bangles - Set of 6
Mother of Pearl Bangles - Set of 6
(Based on 5 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Bracelets

Throughout India, many women continue the age-old tradition of decorating their arms from wrist to elbow with bangles. For some, the bangles are so small that once they’re put on with the assistance of a jeweler, they’re never removed. Our set of mother-of-pearl bangles offers six pastel hues to mix and match or wear as part of an armful. Shell inlaid in brass.


$25.00
Art Deco Amber Necklace
Art Deco Amber Necklace
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Necklaces

Polish artisans have more than 80 names to describe types of amber, from flame and honey to clouded and woolly. Often found along the Baltic Sea, amber has been popular in jewelry for centuries. The necklace features translucent amber in an art deco frame. Handcrafted in Gdynia, Poland.


$99.00
Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Silver Watch
Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Silver Watch
(Based on 15 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Jewelry/Watches

Believed to embody virtues like wisdom, good fortune, and health, turquoise has been an important part of cultures as diverse as the ancient Egyptians, the Navajo, and the Tibetans. For the Navajo in the American Southwest, the stone is part of rain ceremonies where it represents the connection between sea and sky.


$99.00