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Indigenous Artisans - Necklaces

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
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
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
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
Zulu Beaded Necklace
Zulu Beaded Necklace
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Category: Jewelry/Necklaces

Zulu beadwork embodies a tradition that dates back more than a thousand years. The materials, colors, and patterns are rich with symbolism—often communicating romantic intentions. Our flame-colored necklace features flowing strands of beads linked by woven beaded tubes. Handcrafted in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, of Czech glass beads.


$59.00
$39.99
Sterling Silver Thai Hill Tribe Necklace
Sterling Silver Thai Hill Tribe Necklace
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A delicately woven sterling silver chain is the focus of this necklace, handcrafted in Thailand by silversmiths from the northern hill tribes. Silver jewelry is a rich part of hill tribe tradition, both making it and wearing it. Women traditionally wear elaborate necklaces, headdresses, and bracelets for festivals and celebrations, and many hill tribe people prefer silver to paper currency. This necklace features beaded and braided elements created by members of three different Thai hill tribes.


$300.00
$159.00
Connemara Twisted Marble Necklace
Connemara Twisted Marble Necklace
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The famous green-white marble of Connemara is found only in the area around Clifden in western Ireland, and the Walsh family has been making fine jewelry from it for three generations. This twisted stone necklace is handmade by experienced artisans at the family's workshop in Rathfarnham Village, Dublin, who select complementary pieces of marble, then shape and polish them.


$65.00
Maasai Zulugrass Necklace
Maasai Zulugrass Necklace
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Category: Jewelry/Necklaces

When drought threatened the livelihood of Kenya's Maasai in the late 1990s, beadwork, which part of their cultural heritage, became key to helping them maintain an independent lifestyle. Using their beading skills, Maasai women use the abundant grasses of the Rift Valley, paired with Czech glass and acacia wood beads, to create these lightweight and ecologically conscious necklaces.


$49.00
$29.99
Three Sisters Pearl Necklace
Three Sisters Pearl Necklace
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The night bazaar in Thailand’s cultural capital of Chiang Mai bustles with creative energy. Artisans and food sellers cover several city blocks, and many artisans keep studios nearby. One such studio is run by three young sisters, whose resemblance is so striking they’re often mistaken for triplets. There they hand-string cultured pearls and gold-tone brass beads to create this romantic triple-strand necklace.


$49.00
Thai Sapphire Necklace
Thai Sapphire Necklace
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Although many people may assume that sapphires are always blue, these stones actually come in a range of colors from pink and purple to brown, yellow, and white. This romantic necklace is handcrafted in Thailand, where sapphires were once so plentiful that farmers would find them while plowing their fields. 24-karat gold vermeil and hand-faceted briole sapphires.


$219.00
Celtic Cross Necklace
Celtic Cross Necklace
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The intricate Celtic cross—often decorated with elaborate trinity knots and scrollwork—may have first been used by St. Patrick as a symbol to convert Druids in Ireland. Combining the Christian cross with monuments that represented more earthly spirituality such as the sun and moon and tree of life would have linked pagan and Christian beliefs and helped the saint deliver his message throughout Ireland. Today many people are drawn to the design more as an expression of Irish or Scottish family ties than as a religious symbol.


$59.00
$15.99