"Today I work together with local silversmiths to promote Bali's beauty in our own way."
"Nyoman Sukartini is the full name given me by my parents when I was born. From the time I was little, my mother taught me how to be a 'Balinese woman.' In her mind, a Balinese woman must devote her life to God, her husband and also to society. She taught me how to cook and do housework and also how to make offerings, starting from very simple ones and continuing with the complex offerings, because almost every day is a ceremonial occasion in Bali.
"At the age of 16, I studied at SMIK (Sekolah Menengah Industri Kerajinan) in Gianyar. In this school, I learned batik, ceramics and other home industries for three years. Back from school, I took an apprenticeship with a silversmith in a village where they specialized in jewelry.
"Today I work together with local silversmiths to promote Bali's beauty in our own way. We make different kinds of jewelry, mostly with sterling silver, in both traditional and modern styles. I was fortunate to find Novica, a place where small artisans like me can share our new ideas and designs, and have a chance to be appreciated by people from all over the world."
By Guillermo Arregui, this bracelet melds pre-Hispanic concepts with styles from Mexico's modern architecture. He works in sterling silver to create the sleek men's cuff. Ribbons of dark "burnt" silver frame rectangles bathed in 24k gold.
By Guillermo Arregui, this handsome ring melds pre-Hispanic concepts with styles from Mexico's modern architecture. He works in sterling silver to create the sleek band. A ribbon of dark "burnt" silver frames a rectangle bathed in 24k gold.
The sweet fragrance of the Taru Menyan tree inspires the design of this masculine ring by Putu Gede Darmawan. Darmawan selects reconstituted turquoise to represent Lake Batur, where the fragrant tree grows. He depicts the tree's leafy branches....read more
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