Bali Princess Collection
Named for the island it originated from Bali Princess Collection uses the same technique as the Royal Bali Collection. The difference between the two collections is the bone carved detail of a female face. Bali Princess jewelry is known for its unique yet distinctive craftsmanship. Each piece is an original piece of art handmade in the traditional Bali design.
The soothing blend of gemstones bone carving and metals lend themselves quick recognition to the distinctive craftsmanship of the Bali Princess Collection. Dark backgrounds and unpolished silver set the elusive stage allowing all other elements within the piece to take center stage. Bali jewelry combines the traditions of Balinese and Javanese. The majority of Bali jewelry today is a combination of these two cultures. A technique used by Balinese artisans is called granulation; when intricate patterns are arranged in small spheres. This technique leads to the sharp visual contrast between the dark background and the highly polished silver. Javanese artisans add to this technique filigree details atop the polished background for the final element which defines Bali jewelry.
The Balinese people have a long and illustrious history. Arts and crafts are a significant part of their culture and among their artisans is a community of highly skilled silversmiths. Silversmithing is practiced all around the island of Bali especially in a village in the south central part of the island called Celuk.
Bali sterling silver work is part of an ancient tradition and history of the Balinese people. As far back as several hundred years before the birth of Christ Indonesia learned the metal work crafts during the Bronze Age from Southern Chinese and Southeast Asian traders. Metalworking skills grew with the influence of continuous contact from outside traders in spices and varies items. Mining of critical metals such as gold and silver from Indonesia experienced no short supply. With the falling of the empire Bali soon became the focal point of silversmithing undertakings.
The traditional methods from Bali jewelers provide us today with these beautiful and unique silverwork pieces. The blending of artisan styles from Southern China and Southeast Asia account for the similarities. Tracing the roots of this craftsmanship sends us back to the Majapahit Empire and a turning point in Javanese late 16th century.
Legends of speak of enlightenment and guidance sent from the gods to the goldsmith clans. Bali pieces produced by artisans lent to the name Pandai which combines smith and clever a true reflection of the striking work created.
Most jewelry in Bali while originally gold is now silver. The silver market is more popular worldwide and the booming demand for exports dictates the production.
Based on the popularity of silver we see more pieces designed in silver today. When gold is used within the design you see it as a delicate filigree enhancement to the piece.
Bali Jewelry is sourced and created in Bali an island in the archipelago* of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.
*Archipelago: chain or cluster of islands; a group of islands