About John Hardy
October 10, 2017
WHO WE ARE:
Inspired by Bali and its time-honored jewelry-making traditions, Canadian artist John Hardy 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, our artisans have committed to making handcrafted jewelry with techniques passed down for generations, using ethically sourced gemstones and reclaimed silver and gold. Our passion for creating distinctive and meaningful jewelry is echoed by our dedication to building a sustainable future for our artisan community.
WHAT WE CRAFT:
We craft our jewelry by hand, one piece at a time, through a unique 8-step process starting with a hand-sketched and watercolor design, followed by a wax carving and master casting of the piece, and ending with the hand-setting of each gemstone. We are known for bold designs and meticulous attention to details, seen in our iconic Classic Chain bracelet, which takes one artisan four days to weave by hand. Over the years, we’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.
WHAT WE STAND FOR:
We are committed to nurturing both our community and artisans, with our Ubud Design Studio and Workshop serving as a central hub. We support artisans—women, men, and whole families—through our “Jobs For Life” program, which ensures the unique jewelry making tradition is passed on for generations and apprentices will one day become masters. We are committed to sustainable practices using 100% reclaimed gold, silver, and ethically sourced gemstones, and to our work preserving the natural landscape of Bali. For each purchase from the Bamboo Collection, we plant a select number of bamboo seedlings. We planted over 1 million bamboo seedlings to date as part of our “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative, ensuring that John Hardy and our clients continue to give back to our community, protect the environment, and build a sustainable future together.