Handmade Gemstone Earrings The earliest forms of earrings date back to the Bronze Age and ever since then, their use has been dictated by social values and trends. In ancient Egypt, earrings for men denoted status, whereas in Greece and Rome earrings were only worn by women. In fact, it was the Greeks who developed the pendant type - little figures of Cupid were the most popular. Men's earrings were fashionable in Elizabethan England, and for centuries simple hoop earrings were associated with sailors and gypsies.
Handmade Gemstone Bracelets Bracelets - alone or in clusters - are one of the most popular forms of jewelry. Present since the earliest times, a hinged hoop bracelet inlaid with gems was found in the tomb of the Egyptian Queen Ashhotep. A 1750 B.C. statue from India depicts a dancer whose arm is covered with bangles from wrist to elbow, and gold serpents to coil around the wrist appeared in the 3rd century B.C. Ancient Andean peoples became fine jewelers, and Chavin culture masterpieces still inspire Peru's contemporary designers. In Mexico, the Mixtecs crafted superb silver bracelets. Silver was the medium of choice in Africa, but Ashanti tribal chiefs had private workshops for gold jewelry. The handmade bracelet probably evolved from talismans. Fashionable in the 1950s, they recently experienced a revival and the charms are usually personal or symbolic. Handmade leather bracelets vary from braids with sterling silver to wide leather bands that communicate a sense of power. Today's beaded bracelets are traditional but also may include ceramic globes, gemstones and even beads made from recycled magazines. The simple elegance of tennis bracelets makes them a perennial favorite. And unusual materials like brass, palm fibers, bamboo and wood each have an informal beauty all their own.
Handmade Gemstone Necklaces Jewelry is prized as much for its beauty and craftsmanship as for the inherent value of its materials. Worn around the neck, amulets later gave way to pendants, and necklaces have been worn throughout history. Natural elements such as shells were popular in the Paleolithic era. Mughal courtiers sometimes wore long necklaces that reached below the naval or necklaces with as many as a dozen strands of pearls. By the Renaissance, European women often wore three or more necklaces at once. By the 16th century, jewelry began to follow fashion trends. Although its role as a sign of social status disappeared with the Industrial Revolution, jewelers still demonstrate great technical skill. Today, necklaces appear in an infinity of styles, from the classic pearl choker or gold torsade to lavishly beaded necklaces. Heart necklaces and lockets are reminders of love while cross necklaces are an expression of faith. Novica designers display gemstones on silk ribbons, leather cords and palm fiber braids. Novel materials like art glass, hand-painted cedar, and black clay from Oaxaca bring new life to fashion. Natural flowers, immortalized in resin, silver beads from Thailand's hill tribes, modern expressions of pre-Hispanic motifs... the list is endless. Novica has something for everyone.
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