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Indigenous Artisans - Jewelry

Sterling Silver Hill-tribe Cuff Bracelet
Sterling Silver Hill-tribe Cuff Bracelet
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This regal cuff bracelet combines modern form with indigenous elegance. Husband and wife design team Achara and Withaya are dedicated to preserving the traditional metal crafts of the hill tribes of Thailand and Myanmar. Working with indigenous craftspeople, the designers make brilliant use of silver’s natural luminous shimmer to create simple but striking patterns of dark and light.


$280.00
$119.95
Thai Jasper Necklace
Thai Jasper Necklace
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An artisan in Chiang Mai, Thailand, draws on the jewelry traditions of the hill tribes to create these versatile accents. The necklace can also be worn as a wrap bracelet, and features jasper beads in a range of earth tones.


$85.00
Temple Flower Garnet Bracelet
Temple Flower Garnet Bracelet
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According to Balinese spiritual tradition, the ratna flower can be used only for temple offerings and is the only flower worthy of honoring gods and goddesses. Inspired by the flower’s deep red-violet hue, Balinese artisans surround faceted garnets with sterling silver “seeds” to create this romantic design.


$279.00
$99.99
Hellenistic Bracelet - Pearl
Hellenistic Bracelet - Pearl
(Based on 1 review)
Category: Jewelry/Bracelets

The jewelry of ancient Greece's relatively brief Hellenistic period (323-146 B.C.) is famous for its intricate detail and superior skill. This period saw great improvements in techniques like filigree, complex hand-braiding, granulation, and stone-setting. Popular themes were the "Hercules knot," rosettes, and animal torcs (a large rigid neck ring).


$189.00
Balinese Timiang Sterling Silver and Onyx Earrings
Balinese Timiang Sterling Silver and Onyx Earrings
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Silversmithing has a long and respected history on the Indonesian island of Bali, where the word pandai means both "smith" and "clever." Indonesia's early royal families were generous patrons of the arts, and many contemporary silversmiths have inherited hundreds of years of their ancestors' skills. A small group of Balinese artisans collaborate on the tiny granulated designs on these medallion earrings. Each is handcrafted from sterling silver and paired with a smooth onxy cabochon.


$120.00
$59.95
Navajo Turquoise Necklace
Navajo Turquoise Necklace
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The Navajo have used turquoise in art and ritual for thousands of years. It is believed to insure favor with one's yei, a holy being who mediates between the human and supernatural worlds. It can appease the winds and help bring rain. The strands of this handcrafted necklace are meant to symbolize and connect past, present, and future. The teardrop earrings are traced with sterling silver. Please accept slight variations because of the natural materials. Handmade by Navajo artisans in Arizona.
$125.00
$39.99
Five Rivers Navajo Turquoise Bracelet
Five Rivers Navajo Turquoise Bracelet
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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
Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Cuff Bracelet
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For the Navajo of the American Southwest, turquoise has always been an important element in art and ritual. In rain ceremonies it represents the connection between sea and sky. It's also believed to ensure favor with one's yei, a holy being who mediates between the human and supernatural worlds. A Navajo artist working in Arizona creates this sterling silver cuff by hand, and sets a round turquoise cabochon at the center.


$155.00
Andalusian Saddle Leather Bracelet
Andalusian Saddle Leather Bracelet
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During the Crusades, the leatherworkers of Andalusia created the shields and breastplates worn by conquering soldiers. The leather goods from this region are still some of the finest in the world. Handmade by skilled artisans in the Andalusian city of Alicante, Spain, the design of this bracelet is inspired by the rivets favored by local saddle makers. By employing local leatherworkers, the small family-run factory that makes these bracelets is helping to keep coastal Spain a center of traditional leather crafts.


$68.00
Silver-plated Fulani Tribal Earrings
Silver-plated Fulani Tribal Earrings
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Category: 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
Tuareg Silver Cuff Bracelet
Tuareg Silver Cuff Bracelet
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The Tuareg are a nomadic Berber tribe who live in the North African Sahara. They were once known as the Blue People of the Sahara because of the indigo-dyed turbans and veils that would stain their skin. They're known for their engraved silver jewelry; the Tuareg subclass called Inadan means people who work with fire and metal—blacksmiths. Using only simple hand tools and implements that could be easily transported on camels (screwdrivers, nails, safety pins, files, charcoal and handheld bellows) Tuareg craftsmen have plied their trade for centuries.


$159.00
$119.99
Fulani Tribal Cuff
Fulani Tribal Cuff
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Category: 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
Colombian Tagua Necklace
Colombian Tagua Necklace
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This unique faceted necklace begins in the Amazon rain forest, with tagua nuts harvested by members of the indigenous Awa tribe. Also called vegetable ivory, hardened tagua is extremely durable and can be cut with saws to form these gemlike shapes. Each is hand-dyed to achieve a palette of pastel hues, and is strung in an eclectic pattern with silver-plated links.


$95.00
$29.99
Hellenistic Bracelet - Lapis
Hellenistic Bracelet - Lapis
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The jewelry of ancient Greece's relatively brief Hellenistic period (323-146 B.C.) is famous for its intricate detail and superior skill. This period saw great improvements in techniques like filigree, complex hand-braiding, granulation, and stone-setting. Popular themes were the "Hercules knot," rosettes, and animal torcs (a large rigid neck ring).


$189.00
Sterling Silver Thai Hill Tribe Cuff Bracelet
Sterling Silver Thai Hill Tribe Cuff Bracelet
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The way of life among Thailand's northern hill tribes has changed little over the centuries. Traditionally, artisans melt silver bars and old necklaces to create new adornments for New Year celebrations, an example of which is this cuff of braided, intertwined strands of sterling silver. The artisan melts, cools, hammers, shapes, chisels, and engraves the sterling silver to achieve a braided and woven effect.


$500.00
$299.99
Giriama Bracelet
Giriama Bracelet
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Each tiny round heishi bead on these bracelets is handcrafted by artisans who are part of Kenya’s Giriama tribe. The 24-karat-gold-plated copper beads are strung on generous elastic and paired with accent beads of freshwater pearl, multicolored Swarovski crystal, or faceted turquoise.


Available styles: Crystal, Pearl, Turquoise
$55.00
$11.99
Navajo Turquoise Earrings
Navajo Turquoise Earrings
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The Navajo have used turquoise in art and ritual for thousands of years. It is believed to insure favor with one's yei, a holy being who mediates between the human and supernatural worlds. It can appease the winds and help bring rain. The strands of this handcrafted necklace are meant to symbolize and connect past, present, and future. The teardrop earrings are traced with sterling silver. Please accept slight variations because of the natural materials. Handmade by Navajo artisans in Arizona.
$65.00
$15.99
Navajo Turquoise Beaded Necklace
Navajo Turquoise Beaded Necklace
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For the Navajo, turquoise is believed to ensure favor with one’s yei, a holy being who mediates between the human and supernatural worlds. This necklace is handcrafted by Navajo artisans in Arizona and features a smooth cabochon pendant set in sterling silver on a satin strand of blue and green turquoise discs.


$99.00
Himalayan Sky Beaded Bracelet
Himalayan Sky Beaded Bracelet
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Several families of artisans in a village on the outskirts of Hapur, India, collaborate to create this bright bracelet. Its hues are inspired by the evening skies over the Himalaya. Adjustable.


$24.00
Silver and Onyx Tuareg Necklace
Silver and Onyx Tuareg Necklace
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The Tuareg are a nomadic Berber tribe who live in the North African Sahara. They were once known as the Blue People of the Sahara because of the indigo-dyed turbans and veils that would stain their skin. They're known for their engraved silver jewelry; the Tuareg subclass called Inadan means people who work with fire and metal—blacksmiths. Using only simple hand tools and implements that could be easily transported on camels (screwdrivers, nails, safety pins, files, charcoal and handheld bellows) Tuareg craftsmen have plied their trade for centuries.


$298.00
$119.99
Tricolor Baltic Amber Necklace
Tricolor Baltic Amber Necklace
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About 40 million years ago, the translucent amber in this earthy necklace was pine resin flowing within trees along the shores of present-day Poland. There, in the region of Pomerania, amber beads are handed down through generations and are considered amulets against harm. A Polish artisan gathers these authentic fossilized gems, frames them in sterling silver, and pairs them with a sinuous snake chain.
$99.00
Venetian Glass Wrap Bracelet
Venetian Glass Wrap Bracelet
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Handmade Venetian glass beads add polish to this flexible bracelet. Crafted in a third-generation Venice glass studio, the lampworked beads are formed by fusing rods of glass together over a flame, then forming them into a marble shape. Bead colors may vary. With brass accents and rubberized band.


Available colors: Brown, Purple, Red
$29.00
Robin's Nest Earrings
Robin's Nest Earrings
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These whimsical earrings celebrate that classic harbinger of spring, the robin, as well as the common belief that having a bird's nest in your home brings good luck. In German tradition, finding a bird's nest in one's Christmas tree meant luck and harmony for the coming year.


$39.00
Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings
Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings
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Category: 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
Art Deco Amber Necklace
Art Deco Amber Necklace
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Category: 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
$69.99
Miao Braided Silver Cuff Bracelet
Miao Braided Silver Cuff Bracelet
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Like other hill tribes that live in the mountains of southern China, the Miao ethnic group is known for its metalwork. For festivals and ceremonies, the Miao—especially women—adorn themselves head to toe with more than 30 pounds of layered silver jewelry and headdresses. This rustic cuff bracelet showcases the Miao love for silver in a more simplified style.


$35.00
Lithuanian Tricolor Amber Necklace
Lithuanian Tricolor Amber Necklace
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Ancient Lithuanians called amber gintaras, which means “protector.” They believed it had healing properties, and indeed it may. When trees are damaged, they heal themselves with resin. When those trees become fossilized over millions of years, that healing resin is what we harvest as amber. The lightweight, natural “gem” is plentiful along the Baltic Sea. It comes in shades ranging from lemon yellow to honey to dark coffee, all of which are showcased in this long strand from Lithuania.


$119.00
Upcycled Kantha Bauble Bracelets - Set of 3
Upcycled Kantha Bauble Bracelets - Set of 3
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These fanciful bracelets are made from wooden beads that have been covered in kantha fabric. Kantha—repurposed scraps of Indian silks and cottons—is a stunning example of the spirit of creative thrift found throughout India. Village women near New Dehli sourced this particular kantha from a local furniture factory, and the resulting trio of bracelets is a cheerful celebration of creative reuse and cooperative urban sourcing. Because kantha is always recycled, the exact colors and patterns of each bracelet are varied and unique. Bracelets stretch to fit most wrists.


$36.00
Thai Infinity Earrings
Thai Infinity Earrings
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An artisan in Chiang Mai, Thailand, draws on the jewelry traditions of the hill tribes to create these versatile accents. The earrings depict a 24-karat-gold-plated infinity symbol with faceted garnet.


$49.00
Indian Silk-wrapped Bracelets - Set of 12
Indian Silk-wrapped Bracelets - Set of 12
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The women who create our silk-wrapped bracelets are equally important in the markets of Delhi for their role as bangle fitters. Many Indian women wear bangles from wrist to elbow, and once tightly in place, the bangles are rarely removed. Our bracelets fit loosely for a less permanent commitment.


$25.00