As an old proverb reads – A thing of beauty is a joy forever; which is probably the primary reason why the practice of innovating pieces of jewelry for personal adornment has been prevalent since ancient times. Women of all ages, all over the world adore jewelry, be it minimalistic pieces or the elaborate ones or all the others in between! Gold and silver have always been a safer and more conventional option in materials used for creating jewelry. However, unconventional and artistic minds of the past and of recent times, have innovatively crafted jewelry from many unusual materials too. Read on to discover a few pleasingly peculiar materials used in making jewelry!
Wooden accessories have always been appreciated for their earthy charm. Be it simply polished wood or colourful chunks of wood that have been painted or dyed, both can be transformed into amazing pieces of jewellery like thick wooden bangles, beaded necklaces, ear-rings, anklets and even lariats when teamed up with other charms!
Cords (Made of Cotton Twine, Leather, Jute etc.):
Remember those beautifully braided friendship bands from your childhood? A popular craft called Macramé is used to make such articles. Cords are knotted using various techniques to create unique jewelry which can be very colourful and patterned. A combination of cotton twine cords and beads make perfectly pretty neckpieces. Whereas, a fusion of cotton twine and leather cords can create some really off-beat grunge jewelry!
Terracotta literally means baked earth. This reddish-brown ceramic has surprisingly been one of the oldest materials used in jewelry making! You now of course get a cool variety of terracotta jewelry painted in different colors. Most of the terracotta jewelry designs would add a rustic appeal when worn with Indian attire. You could try a quirky look by adorning a terracotta neckpiece with you fav LBD!
An art which originated in South America, jewelry-making using coconut shells has lately started gaining popularity in the coastal regions of southern India. Coconut shells can be categorized as hard wood and creating jewelry from it with carvings, is one tough job and that’s what makes this a special choice of material. The beauty of coconut shell jewelry is in the variating colors which range from beige to a deep brown. You also get a painted variety which makes for some low-maintenance and durable pieces of adornment.
Yes! Paper. And I’m not speaking of a fifth grader’s school project. This is a discovery that surprised and intrigued me! Quilling or Paper Filigree is an up-coming craft form in which strips of thin, colored paper are rolled into coils, arranged to form a design and glued together to produce trendy jewelry for people who appreciate innovation and seek beauty in simplicity.
If you have an affinity with the sea, shell jewelry is sure to mesmerize you! It is mainly made from sea-shells and shells which are a home to some marine life. Jewelry is either made using entire shells or parts of a shell. Jewelry made of regular shells is inexpensive and is mostly sold as souvenirs in coastal holiday destinations. A more expensive variety, is “mother of pearl” derived primarily from pearl oysters and freshwater pearl mussel. It has an enchanting iridescence and can instantly add a dreamy look to your attire. By adorning jewelry made of shells, you actually carry a part of the sea with you… Fascinating isn’t it?!
Handcrafted wire jewelry is usually made of copper, sterling silver, fine silver, gold-filed or color-coated wires. Since there are many ways of ‘wire-wrapping’ wire jewelry comes in a variety ranging from soft to fairly springy to the more sturdy kinds. Bracelets, rings, neckpieces, anklets and ear-rings made from wire flaunt not just geometrical designs but free-forms too. Artfully entwined wire jewelry are a good pick if you’re on the look-out for a blend of elegant and contemporary.
You are probably thinking of something delicate and easily breakable; but the glass used in jewelry making is quite enduring and hardy. Of the many types used, each type of glass assigns its own character to a piece of jewelry. Fused glass gives jewelry with unique designs; Murano or Venetian glass is unmistakable because of the ‘flowers’ in the glass and Sea glass has its own beauty with oceanic colors and barely glossy and translucent look.