Canadian artist John Hardy, inspired by Bali and its time-honored jewelry-making traditions, established an artisan collective in 1975 dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and preserving the rich heritage of Bali. For over 40 years, John Hardy’s artisans have committed to making handmade jewelry with techniques passed down for generations, using ethically sourced gemstones and reclaimed silver and gold. Their passion for creating distinctive and meaningful jewelry is echoed by the dedication to building a sustainable future for the artisan community.
John Hardy have caught a lot of attention among luxury jewelry world thanks to the bold designs and meticulous attention to details, seen in their iconic Classic Chain bracelet, which takes one artisan four days to weave by hand. Over the years, they’ve stayed true to the authentic jewelry-making techniques of the Balinese royal courts— chain-weaving, hand-hammering precious metals, carving intricate back-grille scenes inspired by nature, and the textured jawan motif, traditionally found in the decoration of sacred objects. Each one-of-a-kind piece is imbued with meaning through powerful design and dramatic details.
One of the best things about John Hardy is that the handcrafted jewellry brand support artisans—women, men, and whole families—through the “Jobs For Life” program, which ensures the unique jewelry making tradition is passed on for generations and apprentices will one day become masters. They are committed to sustainable practices using 100% reclaimed gold, silver, and ethically sourced gemstones, preserving the natural landscape of Bali. For each purchase from the Bamboo Collection, John Hardy’s plant a select number of bamboo seedlings. Indeen, they have already planted over 1 million bamboo seedlings to date as part of our “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative, ensuring that John Hardy and its clients continue to give back to the community, protect the environment, and build a sustainable future together.
On October 2017 John Hardy team released a campaign focused on two powerful and legendary women, who wear the jewelry in their own unique way. Julianne Moore and Adwoa Aboah are both masters in their craft, and they use their platform for change. They have strong self-identity and work to help empower others, which is something that runs through the John Hardy spirit. They also appeal to two very different audiences. Adwoa is bringing new attitude to the catwalk with her look and sensibility.
The jewelry is styled in big stacks of layered chain, maximalist statement pieces, inspired in the archives in Bali, that date back to the daring spirit of the ‘70s. John’s wife Cynthia, his muse, wore chain as belts and had a fun artistic way of styling the jewelry. The campaign embodies this idea of stylization and self-expression. It is slated for another two years, so there will be more legendary women to come.
John Hardy Customization Experience This Holiday Season
Earlier this month John Hardy launched an in-store activation offering the brand’s first customization program at the NYC Flagship location. Customers are now able to choose from 21 different stones to personalize both sides of the clasp of John Hardy’s iconic Reversible Classic Chain bracelet.
In addition to personalizing their own bracelets, customers will have the chance to watch and learn several crafting techniques that are used to create each handmade piece of jewelry by John Hardy’s Master Artisans, which is something that can typically only be experienced at the brand’s Ubud, Bali workshop. A chain weaver, gem setter and sketch artist will be at the John Hardy NYC Flagship from Sunday, November 19 to Friday, December 1.”
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