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Beautiful Heart Sterling silver drop earrings

Beautiful Heart Sterling silver drop earrings

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-118295

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Flowers flourish in a silver heart, beautifully presented as handcrafted earrings. From designer Priyo Salim, they feature green glass mystique, faceted and polished to an alluring sparkle.

.925 Sterling silver

  • materials: Sterling silver and glass
  • Post earrings
1.9 in. L x 0.6 in. W

Artisan Information

Priyo Salim

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Priyo Salim was born on July 24, 1961 in one of Indonesia's renowned silver centers. In the 1960s, local craftsmen produced only silver tableware, such coffee and tea sets, flatware, etc. Salim's father was the first in town to create silver sculptures depicting the tricycle taxis, or becak, and all kinds of local transportation. Lacking the protection of copyrights, his ideas were copied by everyone in the region.

"When I was young, I wasn't interested in silver. I majored in cartography at the university, because I wanted to work in the civil service," Salim says. "But then life makes you follow your destiny, and mine was to be a jewelry designer. I actually was always interested in creating silver sculptures as my father produced them, but I wanted to do something different from what he did. When my father got old, I was ready to leave home for the civil service. He asked me if I could help him and take his place to continue this family tradition. And really, this was the most difficult time in my life. I liked silver but I had other plans for my future and I didn't know what to do. Finally I made the right choice, thanks to my father's love.

"I chose to create jewelry, because I could easily change the design when someone else copied my idea. I discovered that I have talent for this. My designs were well accepted. In a nationwide jewelry contest held by an Indonesian women's magazine I was chosen as a finalist. I also received awards in other jewelry competitions, and the Indonesian presidential office asked me to create souvenirs for their programs like the 2003 Asian Summit and the 2005 Asian African Summit, among others.

"During the 16th century, Java's Mataram kingdom started developing our silver tradition, working in repoussé to decorate their adornments. We inherited this culture, and silver arts experienced a golden period from 1920 to 1940 because of the great demand for silver tableware. But this ended after World War II because the Dutch left Indonesia. Therefore the repoussé technique has almost disappeared.

"When I took over my father's workshop, I had a cultural goal – to apply the repoussé technique in my jewelry designs in order to revive it. I hoped my effort might be successful, because this would mean that an old Javanese jewelry tradition had survived. And the survival of this traditional technique will open the door for many up-to-date applications.

"I am now very happy. I have a family and my wife also likes to help me, and I really love to create new designs. I enjoy this work, I love it, and I'm really happy because I found the right path in life. I create things of beauty and I want to share beauty with others. I'm able train others and maintain our traditions. I hope people who wear my creations will be happy, too. I want to spread happiness to every corner of the world because there is a force that wants to create unhappiness in the world. I know my effort is very small, but at least I do something good."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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