John Hardy and the Spirit of Bali

Author Corinne DiZoglio
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Date Mar 15, 2018

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Founded in 1975, John Hardy jewelry is inspired by Bali and its time-honored jewelry-making traditions. After visiting Bali in the mid-70s, Canadian designer and artist, John Hardy’s, interest was piqued by the island's jewelry-making. Shortly after he began learning the techniques of the local artisans and developed his first pieces by applying new design concepts to the traditional Balinese techniques. Hardy soon established an artisan collective in Bali, and for over 40 years, his artisans have been dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and preserving the rich heritage of Bali. Here are a few of our favorite John Hardy pieces currently in our collection!

1. Bracelet

    1. 1. JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER AND 18K YELLOW GOLD DOT DIAMOND CUFF BRACELET
      ESBR3226 || $4,995 || SHOP NOW

John Hardy jewelry is hand crafted, one piece at a time, through a unique 8-step process. It starts with a hand-sketched and watercolor design, followed by a wax carving and master casting of the piece, and finally, ends with the hand-setting of each gemstone. First up, we have an incredible sterling silver and 18k yellow gold Dot diamond cuff bracelet. The flexible cuff is pave set with full cut diamonds. John Hardy is known for their bold designs and this cuff is no exception!

2. Earrings

1. JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER BLACK SAPPHIRE BAMBOO EARRINGS
ESER6268 || $750 || SHOP NOW

  1. 2. JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER AND 22K YELLOW GOLD PALU DROP EARRINGS
    SOLD!

John Hardy is committed to being eco-friendly and to their work preserving the natural landscape of Bali. For each purchase from the Bamboo Collection, John Hardy plants a select number of bamboo seedlings. Here we have a pair of sterling silver black sapphire Bamboo earrings, which planted 4 bamboos. John Hardy has planted over 1 million bamboo seedlings to date as part of their “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative, their plan to give back to the community, protect the environment, and build a sustainable future. Also in our collection, we have a pair of sterling silver and 22k yellow gold Palu drop earrings. Palu comes from the Indonesian word for "hammer," and the collection offers a stylish, textured design.

3. Rings

  1. 1. JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER NAGA LAVA SMALL BLACK SAPPHIRE AND PEARL RING
    ESRG6781 || $350 || SHOP NOW

    1. 2. JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER DOT DOME RING
      ESRG6779 || $210 || SHOP NOW

One of Hardy’s most recognizable collections is the Naga collection. The collection is inspired by a legend of the dragon (Naga) who lives in a mountain near Bali. At night the dragon comes down the mountain and swims to his love, the pearl. Just before dawn, the dragon squeezes all of the water off himself and uses it to water Bali's rice fields. Here we have a sterling silver Naga black sapphire and pearl ring. To bring yourself love, wear the dragon facing inward. For protection, wear the dragon facing outward. We also have a sterling silver dome ring from the Dot collection.

4. Necklace

  1. 1. JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER CLASSIC CHAIN NECKLACE
    SOLD!

Currently in our collection, we also have John Hardy’s iconic Classic Chain necklace in sterling silver. John Hardy is known for their meticulous attention to detail, which can be seen this necklace. Each one takes one artisan four days to weave by hand. The company is also committed to sustainable practices using 100% reclaimed gold, silver, and ethically sourced gemstones in their jewelry. We love the idea of using 100% recycled metals so not only will you look good, but you’ll feel good about your purchase too!

Which John Hardy piece is your favorite? Browse our full vintage & estate online collection or visit us in stores to see more John Hardy estate jewelry!

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