What a woman wears says a lot about her. This includes her clothes as well as her jewelry. While there are a lot of very nice traditional pieces, such as simple chains with pendants, strands of pearls or faux pearls, or small refined earrings; often times people look for a little more flair in their women’s jewelry, something that celebrates their uniqueness. This is when many turn to Bohemian Jewelry.
The term “bohemian” is defined as someone who does not conform to tradition, so each piece of women’s jewelry made in this style is a little bit rebellious because materials are used in combinations that are not necessarily expected. You may see a mix of gemstones and shell beads on leather cord, or glass beads paired with wooden beads. Shinier metal may offset matted stone chip beads or ceramic pieces. Often this women’s jewelry has a festive feel and brings a sense of freedom to the woman who wears it. Whether the piece is a necklace, a bracelet, a ring or earrings jewelry in the Bohemian style is usually not something that is mass produced, because seeing the same necklace on someone else defeats the purpose of being unique.
I’m a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian. Brigitte Bardot
Although being a non-conformist is a big part of the point of Bohemian Jewelry, many jewelry makers develop patterns and preferences when they go to make their designs. Using natural materials, such a cotton, silk ribbon, or hemp cord is common. Other natural materials that are often used include soap stone, wood, and clay. Some makers may use a lot of animal themes in their projects, perhaps carving pendants out of wood. Flowers are popular as well and may be etched into an original clay pendant. Stamping techniques can be used to create uniform looks if some matching beads are desired on a necklace or a pair of earrings.These materials can be used on their own or combined with metal components such as clasps as chains.
As part of the quest to keep this women’s jewelry artful and individual, texture comes into play as well, and even feathers are sometimes used along with a variety of semiprecious stones or agate that can’t be duplicated.. These may be braided and knotted in a variety of ways, and may be combined with links of chain. It is fashion’s answer to mixed media in visual art, free verse in poetry, or the unstructured rhapsody of music. Designers manage to find their own pattern even within their randomness, and when they find a customer that they are able to mesh with stylistically, they can often do quite well.
While some make their own jewelry, others either don’t have the time or the inclination to make their own designs. They may browse through independent boutiques or consignment shops, or they may work with a jewelry maker communicating a few ideas that can be incorporated into a design. The style isn’t limited to women’s jewelry either. Men’s jewelry, such as bracelets are more often simplistic, but the idea of combining natural materials in a unique way remains.