"I am thankful to God for giving me such a great gift so I can make a living for my family. Not much, perhaps, but enough for our simple way of life."
Like most people who were born and live in Gianyar Regency, Buana has been surrounded by handicrafts since he was a child. Gianyar is a part of Bali known throughout the world for its beautiful landscapes and exceptional artistic legacy. Handicrafts like shadow puppets made of cowhide, woodcarving and silver jewelry are created there in towns like Tegalalang, Ubud, Sukawati and Celuk.
In 1990, Buana decided to learn to craft silver jewelry from a friend in Celuk. He learned it all, from the very basic skills like sanding, polishing and making plates to very advanced techniques. Supported by his family, Buana has continued his profession as a silversmith. "I am thankful to God for giving me such a great gift so I can make a living for my family. Not much, perhaps, but enough for our simple way of life," he says. "Hopefully through Novica I can offer a better future to my wife and two children."
Surrounded by colorful gemstones, an imperial woman is quite serene. Buana carves the exquisite face from smooth white bone. Precious citrine, peridot and garnet bring their beauty to the silver cuff bracelet with a total of 5.3 carats.
Hand-carved of cow bone with sublime finesse, three faces with closed eyes inspire serenity. Buana creates elaborate sterling silver headdresses for each one as he crafts the bracelet by hand. The bracelet sparkles with a total of 6.8 carats of faceted....read more
A mysterious woman and her sister slumber side by side, depicted in a superb bracelet by Buana. Carved by hand of polished bone, the serene faces are surrounded by blue topaz, amethyst and citrine totaling 10.6 carats. The medallion centers an ornate....read more
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