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Jewelry for Formal Occasions

 

Irish Claddagh Earrings
Irish Claddagh Earrings
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Member Products/Jewelry
The Irish claddagh, dating back to 16th-century County Galway, is a pair of clasped hands holding a crowned heart that symbolizes love, friendship, and loyalty. Here the claddagh is stamped into a sterling silver circle, symbolic of everlasting life, and paired with beautifully faceted kelly green Swarovski crystal briolettes. The sentiment is at once universal and uniquely Irish. The necklace also features the words ''love,'' ''friendship,'' and ''loyalty.''
$115.00
Gold-vermeil Roman Glass Necklace
Gold-vermeil Roman Glass Necklace
(Based on 2 reviews)
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Wear a piece of history with this conversation-starting jewelry made with ancient pieces of Roman glass. Excavated in Israel, the glass has picked up an iridescent patina from the earth in which it rested for about 2,000 years. 22-karat gold-vermeil wires encircle each glass disk, which may have once been a wineglass, jug, or other vessel.
$198.00
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
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
Celtic Chalice Earrings
Celtic Chalice Earrings
(Based on 4 reviews)
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The eighth-century Ardagh Chalice in the National Museum of Ireland is one of the most remarkable pieces of Celtic art. It was found in the 1800s by men who were plowing for potatoes. A repoussé design on the chalice, representing a protective shield, is the inspiration for this sterling silver and 18-karat gold jewelry. Handcrafted in Ireland using the lost-wax casting process.
$139.00
Maya Beaded Earrings
Maya Beaded Earrings
(Based on 3 reviews)
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The Tz‘utujil are one of the smallest of the ethnic subgroups that make up Maya culture. Living in the Lago de Atitlan region of Guatemala, they raise coffee and maize in addition to welcoming tourists who are drawn by Tz‘utujil painting, weaving, and beadwork. The beaded medallions in this colorful jewelry are handcrafted by Tz‘utujil artisans using glass seed beads and Czech fire-polished glass crystals.


$22.00
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
Turquoise Teardrop Earrings
Turquoise Teardrop Earrings
(Based on 4 reviews)
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Turquoise is a powerful ritual material in Himalayan cultures, representing the clear blue of the sky. It is sometimes used as a gift to one’s betrothed, and the color is said to stay true as long as the lover’s affection does. This modern interpretation of a classic design features vibrant turquoise inlaid in sterling silver. Handmade in Nepal by members of the Shakya clan, descendants of an ancient culture that was traditionally known for its metalwork and whose capital was in present-day Nepal.


$39.00
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
Personalized Egyptian Cartouche Pendant - Silver
Personalized Egyptian Cartouche Pendant - Silver
(Based on 3 reviews)
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In hieroglyphic text, a cartouche was used to eternalize the pharaoh's name and came to be used as an amulet. The oval ring that surrounds the name was meant to protect the pharaoh in the afterlife. These beautiful cartouches can be personalized with the name or phrase of your choosing in Egyptian hieroglyphics. Limit of eight letters. Handmade in Cairo.


$149.00
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
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
Fergana Bracelet
Fergana Bracelet
(Based on 2 reviews)
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European art during the Renaissance was highly influenced by the goods coming from China along the Silk Road. Natural motifs of flowers and leaves decorated exquisite Chinese porcelain and began showing up in European furniture and jewelry designs. These silver-colored metal bangles borrow from the same cross-cultural tradition, referencing classic East-West patterns. Individual links strung on elastic give the appearance of a solid bangle, but have a universal fit that makes these a great gift idea.
$32.00
Indonesian Garnet Filigree Earrings
Indonesian Garnet Filigree Earrings
(Based on 2 reviews)
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These earrings reflect a long tradition of Indonesian metalwork. Two-tone sterling silver with 18-karat gold plate is accented with faceted, deep red garnet stones. The simple filigree pattern is inspired by the profusion of flowers used in Indonesian weddings and other ceremonies.


$65.00
$14.99
Caserta Palace Pearl Earrings
Caserta Palace Pearl Earrings
(Based on 3 reviews)
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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)
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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
Roman Glass and Pearl Earrings
Roman Glass and Pearl Earrings
(Based on 3 reviews)
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Wear an entirely unique piece of 2,000-year-old history. The glass in this aqua-hued jewelry began life as a vase, jug, or vessel. Uncovered from ancient Roman archaeological sites in modern-day Israel, each fragment has been textured and colored by centuries of wind and weather. Each bear the marks of not only its past life as a household or temple object but also the very earth in which it rested until being transformed into a unique accent. Each piece of Roman glass is framed by a sterling silver bezel and dotted with tiny freshwater pearls.


$115.00
Navajo Turquoise Earrings
Navajo Turquoise Earrings
(Based on 3 reviews)
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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
Amber Intaglio Rose Earrings
Amber Intaglio Rose Earrings
(Based on 4 reviews)
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Often found along Baltic shores, amber is the fossilized resin of prehistoric trees and is among the oldest and most prized materials in human adornment. Ancient Chinese lore tells that when tigers die, their souls become amber. In Old Norse tradition, amber symbolized the tears of the goddess of love.


$59.00
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
Lithuanian Amber Necklace
Lithuanian Amber Necklace
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Amber Jewelry

Amber captivated ancient cultures long before its origins were understood. Some thought it was sunshine made solid. Others believed it was the fallen tears of the gods. It wasn’t until the Roman author Pliny wrote his Historia Naturalis in A.D. 77 that it was thought of as a plant material. As the fossilized resin of 40-million-year-old trees, amber is one of the only gems that isn’t a mineral. In Baltic cultures, it’s a traditional gift for a bride from her parents, and is passed down through generations of women. This necklace showcases smooth amber in a range of its natural, untreated hues, from milky honey white to opaque brown-black.


$99.00
$49.99
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
Tricolor Baltic Amber Necklace
Tricolor Baltic Amber Necklace
(Based on 7 reviews)
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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
Baltic Amber Heart Earrings
Baltic Amber Heart Earrings
(Based on 29 reviews)
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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)
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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
Men's Silver and Leather Bracelet
Men's Silver and Leather Bracelet
(Based on 7 reviews)
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Jewelers on the island of Java work in open-air studios creating the sterling silver beads that have been a local art form since the 16th century. This bracelet begins with a technique called repoussé, where designs are hammered into a sheet of metal. The textured metal is then curled into a long cylindrical bead, and a mold is made. Sterling silver beads cast from this original mold are then slid onto a braided leather cord to make a handsome bracelet that flatters both men and women. Made in Indonesia.
$85.00
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
Personalized Egyptian Cartouche Pendant - Gold
Personalized Egyptian Cartouche Pendant - Gold
(Based on 1 review)
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In hieroglyphic text, a cartouche was used to eternalize the pharaoh's name and came to be used as an amulet. The oval ring that surrounds the name was meant to protect the pharaoh in the afterlife. These beautiful cartouches can be personalized with the name or phrase of your choosing in Egyptian hieroglyphics. Limit of eight letters. Handmade in Cairo.


$599.00