Asian countries have the most diverse cultures in the world. India, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Thailand are the living and moving proofs of this diversity. In diversity, we find variation and with variation, we find colors and shapes. In colors and shapes, there are endless ideas of forms and swirls that make up a structure or a matter. Indonesia has one of the richest heritage among countries around the globe and though diversified in culture, Indonesia is a living paradise and it is well represented by the place called Bali.
John Hardy's creations are based on traditional techniques developed throughout centuries by Balinese craftsmen and equally inspired by local arts and ornaments. He’s a man who among others, fell in love with the good natured people and the paradise-like place of Bali.
John Hardy jewelry was founded by Canadian designer and artist, John Hardy. His journey started after he visited Bali in 1975. He fell in love with its nature, crafts and arts. In that same year, he established his design studio and gradually developed into a large enterprise.
His creations take Balinese tradition and techniques producing exotic and exceptional results that are remarkably lovely and artistic. The distinctive blend of antiquity enduring a modern design, poured into the molten metal creates unbelievable jewelry pieces. All pieces of John Hardy signature jewelry are made by hand; yet you immediately realize that one of the sources of the beauty of this metal work comes from balance and harmony that only human hands can instill. The natural forms and intricate lines that only human hands can give make his pieces like fruits from a tree, naturally bore and ripen by nature itself.
John Hardy’s passion, creativity and talent are driving forces behind this remarkable and extraordinary company. He refined the traditional Balinese jewelry technique called granulation (which involves the one-by-one application of tiny beads of metal) by flattening by hand traditional beads. This modified technique has become his signature "dot" pattern reminiscent of reflections of tropical gardens.
The above mentioned dot technique with silver or with both silver and gold, is used often across different collections and serves as the basis for some most sophisticated and beautiful pieces ever created by John Hardy such as his large pendant of circular discs of 18K gold with a distinctive rhythmic design found in the temple art of Cambodia. Set on a matching hand-carved silver chain with smaller medallions crafted with the same pattern and technique, it becomes suitable for many occasions. The rich and yet casual look of this masterpiece is hard to miss.
Some exquisite pieces come from the Cinta, the rarest collection of Haute Joaillerie. Cinta means love, and created with love and dedication, these pieces are exclusively made just for you.
The Singhasari Tangi is a piece featuring dancing spheres of lavender Jade suspended from floral motifs of flame-colored Spinels set with Diamonds. Jade is treasured for its living quality and its association with merit and grace. Singhasari was a 13th-century Hindu kingdom in Java. Tangi means "lavender."
Another piece is the Naga Harmony. It is a necklace of 18 karat gold and sterling silver in the form of two Nagas embracing a grill of Dragon scale motifs with three golden South Sea Pearls and trimmed in pavé-set fancy Sapphires and Diamonds. The Naga is the cosmic dragon, symbolic of the life force that brings love, prosperity and protection.
Tears of joy will fall for Tears of the Dragon—earrings made of 18 karat pink gold featuring a teardrop briolette of Rose de France suspended from a gold Naga and square-cut Moon Quartz. Rose de France is a member of the Amethyst family, distinguished by its pale lilac hue. The Naga is the cosmic dragon, symbolic of the life force that brings love, prosperity and protection.
The Naga Golden Night is a bracelet of 18 karat gold set with black Sapphires and a finely carved Naga head. The Naga is the cosmic dragon, bringer of love, prosperity and protection. The eyes are of red Spinel, a rare natural gemstone whose color is symbolic of passion.
The Sylvan Duchessa is ring of 18 karat yellow Gold ring with trillion green Tourmaline and Spessartite cushioned as the center stone, set in a pavé of Chrysoberyl, green Garnet, Peridot, Tsavorite orange and yellow Sapphires. Sylvan is associated with the magical spirits of the forest.
Naga Raditya—a cuff of 18 karat gold and sterling silver in the form of two Nagas set with orange Sapphires and embracing a Madeira Citrine. The Naga is the cosmic dragon, bringer of love, prosperity and protection. Citrine is associated with the Sun and its gift of warmth and happiness. In Balinese Hinduism, Raditya is the god of the Sun.
While the Puri Naga Sea Gold is a necklace of 18 karat gold and sterling silver featuring a pendant in the form of a sinuous, jewel-encrusted Naga, the cosmic dragon, bringer of love, prosperity and protection. The Naga holds two golden South Sea Pearls. Puri Naga means "the dragon's palace."
With new concept at hand, John Hardy's name today is known globally and his business continues to expand gaining new markets and wider popularity. Hardy’s designs are found on the covers of the top fashion magazines in New York. Nevertheless, his heart remains loyal to his family and to the place he fell in love with, Bali.
For more of your John Hardy pieces from Bali with love, visit us at Schiffman’s. Buy the best of Bali from Schiffman’s in Winston-Salem. Schiffman’s is an authorized dealer for John Hardy.