When visiting Bali and Beyond, all of the beautiful furniture and home decor is probably what stands out. The rich array of textures and colors in every corner make it easy to overlook the fantastic traditional Balinese silver jewelry we have on display as well. It’s here though! Tucked away in behind our front counter, and in various antique cabinets throughout the store, you will see some pieces that are pretty hard to find – unless you travel in search of it yourself .
The jewelry at Bali and Beyond really does deserve a second look. It takes a discerning eye for detail and design to notice all the subtle intricacies.
Each piece is a testament to the mastery of the Balinese gold and silversmiths. Most jewelry was traditionally made of gold,
while the desire for silver jewelry has come from Western markets in recent times.
If you are looking to impress your loved one with a great piece of jewelry for their birthday, anniversary, or just to treat yourself,
come have a look at our downtown shop.
We have beautiful handcrafted pieces for women, as well as men!
The Rich History
Bali is known throughout the jewelry world for it’s sterling silver creations, made to the highest international standards. Generally Balinese jewelry is a fusion of historical designs, both regional, and appropriated from other neighboring cultures, using production techniques that are specific to the region. Metalsmithing is a timeless tradition in Indonesia, and Balinese nobility have always been patrons of the arts; desiring gold jewelry for it’s status and beauty, and silver vessels for ceremonial purpose.
The symbolic importance of precious metals in Hindu cosmology is reflected in the belief that the triple peaks of Mt. Meru, the abode of the Gods and the center of the world, are made of Gold, silver and iron.
How It’s Made
Balinese sterling silver jewelry can be distinguished by it’s use of twisted wiring and granulations, often soldered to a silver base.
These earrings demonstrate the complexity of design, which is common.
They have been handcrafted using little silver dots and curvilinear wire, all masterfully soldered together.
To keep all the elements in place before soldering the Balinese use special glue from a native berry.
Another unique feature is the use of antiquing, or induced tarnishing, on the base of the jewelry, creating a darker area which allows for the intricate wire and granulation designs to be highlighted. It’s clear that every element of Balinese silver jewelry is what makes each piece a handmade treasure, which is crafted with care and precision.
At Bali and Beyond we carry a wide range of contemporary and traditional sterling silver pieces, that honor the timeless silversmithing traditions of South Asia, which exemplify the beauty and grace of their origins. Come and have a look at our selection of pendants, bracelets, earrings, chains, broaches, bolos and other unique men’s jewelry – lot’s of it has just come in!