John Hardy Classic Chain Collection
One of John Hardy’s first collections descended directly from traditional Balinese chain weaving. Chain weaving has been present in Bali for centuries, and became more and more complex and beautiful as methods flowed along the spice trade routes between Indonesia, India, China, and beyond. Each Classic Chain is the work of a single artist, from start to finish, giving each object slightly different contours, movement and feel. Silver and gold links are still woven by hand, and the finished chain is kneaded and polished. It takes four hours to weave one inch of the Classic Chain. Available readily in reclaimed silver or gold and in various gemstone combinations on their website or personalized to meet one’s own aesthetic vision per the inquiry button below.
AN ARTISAN WAY OF LIFE
Ni Made Rentini is a jewelry artisan employed at John Hardy, a luxury jewelry brand established in Bali, Indonesia in 1975. John Hardy is known for its dedication to preserving the traditional arts of the Balinese culture through its hand-crafted jewelry made exclusively from ethically sourced gemstones and reclaimed silver and gold. Rentini has mastered the craft of chain weaving over the twenty years she has spent working at the company. She likens her work process, although more complicated in the nature of its design and materials, to that of the weaving skills passed down from generation to generation and used in the communities to fashion the offerings for daily temple rituals.
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