Meet the Silversmiths


 

Our Handmade Bali Silver is made piece by piece in a painstaking process that requires enormous skill and patience. Every little silver ball, every tiny filigree, wire is made and applied by hand. Most of the silversmiths at our production facility come from a long lineage of metal smithing and have trained for many years.

 


 

“After graduating high school, I started working 24 years ago as a silver smith because I loved the world of Fashion, especially jewelry. After work, in my free time, I used to teach myself English and computer. One day I asked my boss if I could change to a position in the office. She explained that as I was such a productive smith, I would earn more doing that than data entry. I explained that I felt one day I could reach a senior management position if I was given the opportunity and then I would earn more. I felt that I could combine my silversmithing knowledge with good management systems and when that proved to be true, I was so happy! For several years I was a Materials / Logistics Planner and then Production Planner. Now I am the General Manager!  This was beyond my wildest dreams when I started as a silver smith.”

-Srining, General Manager

“I have really loved working here for the past 19 years. The owner and management team are good people who really care about the staff.  The income from my silver-smithing work is a huge help for all my family, including my parents in law, especially now that my husband lost his tourism related job due to covid."

-Kadek, Silver Smith

“I have worked here since I left school 22 years ago. I’ve always felt a strong sense of family both between me and my work mates and even between the management. Perhaps the most important thing is that with my salary, I am able to cover the living costs of my family, including my parents and pay for my two children’s schooling.  My husband used to work in tourism but since the Covid pandemic began he has had no work. I am very grateful for my job.”

-Wayan, Silver Smith

How The Balinese Create Handmade Silver Jewelry


 

Bali beads are handmade in the ancient tradition of Indonesian silversmithing. Working with silver is an extremely labor-intensive process. It requires tremendous skill as well as large reserves of patience. An unsteady hand can ruin the design in a blink of the eye and a moment too long under the torch can cause a lacy pattern to crumble. Balinese silversmiths put the same attentive care into each bead that they put into all aspects of their ceremonial life. The same hands that work metal with such exquisite skill weave intricate offerings of palm leaves and flowers, prepare towers of fruit and cakes to balance on their heads in processions and play instruments of the gamelan orchestra in village rituals.Perhaps it is this mingling of the secular and the sacred that makes the Balinese people and their beautiful work so irresistible. A painter named Batuan explained it to me one day, “to the Balinese”, he said, “all art is an offering to the gods.”   Read More


 

History of Balinese Silverwork

Handmade Balinese Silver Jewelry is part of an ancient tradition. The art of metal work arrived in Indonesia in the Bronze Age from Southern Chinese and Southeast Asian areas. Bronze drums, dated from as early as the fifth century BC, have been found throughout the archipelago, and some of them are believed to have been cast in Bali. Indeed, the most famous of these drums, the massive Moon of Pejeng, still rests in Bali on a temple pavilion in the village of Pejeng. The drums were cast in the lost wax style and in stone molds. Beads of glass, carnelian, shell, silver, gold and other metals have been found in Bronze age sites as well. The earliest metal jewelry was primarily copper with some gold, silver and “suwasa”, which is one part gold and two parts copper. Metal age graves reveal gold necklaces, hairpins, beads and rings. Initially, raw gold made its way to Indonesia from China and India but eventually gold was found in Sumatra, which became famous for its jewelry and dagger hilts.    Read More

About Bali

Our Handmade Silver is produced on the tropical island of Bali. Bali is a small island nestled in the Indonesian archipelago, which stretches from Singapore to Australia. It enjoys a well deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful spots on earth. The people of Bali live and work in a setting of terraced rice fields, volcanoes and lush tropical growth. From intricate palm leaf offerings, to ornately carved temple walls, they festoon their island with art that is worthy of the landscape.

The Balinese practice their own form of Hinduism, which is an integral part of daily life, and many of their artistic traditions have developed in relation to their faith. In recent decades, however, they have adjusted to the demands of a global economy by using their love of art to fuel a thriving export industry. They produce a wide array of handicrafts that include textiles, wood carving and Bali silver jewelry.    Read More

Thailand Production


We use casting for select designs in Bali and all of our production in Thailand. Casting is more labor intensive than most people realize, especially when you hand finish each piece. To cast a flawless silver charm requires a delicate balance of art and science. In order to create a high quality casting, many variables come into play. What type of wax should be used? Where should the sprues be placed for a specific design? How many pieces will fit on one wax tree and how should they be spaced? Through long experience, plus trial and error, our highly skilled artisans craft a different “recipe” for each design. For a step by step tour of the whole process, please see our slide show below.

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