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Empowered Handcrafted Gemstone Pyramid

Empowered Handcrafted Gemstone Pyramid

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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.

Sculpted of semiprecious gems, the classic pyramid takes on extraordinary beauty. Cesar Gonzáles presents the polished statuette of black onyx, serpentine and chrysocolla. He adds aragonite and white calcite along with leopard jasper to this gemstone sculpture.

  • Onyx, calcite, serpentine, aragonite, leopard jasper and chrysocolla
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Peru

Due to the natural materials in this item, variations in color and/or pattern are to be expected.

Artisan Information

Cesar Gonzales

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Update (June, 2019)

"I was born in a small district called Pacapausa, which is located in the department of Ayacucho. I consider myself a very responsible man, generous and persevering. I believe that, in spite of all the difficulties, you can get ahead and overcome tough times.

"Without a doubt one of the darkest moments of my life was growing up without my father, since he died when I was only two years old. It was my mother who did the work of both father and mother at the same time. With her strength, she taught me the true value of a life that is a labor of love. She made me a good man and gave everything for me, and I could never thank her enough.

"I learned to carve stone from a friend. In turn, I taught my son and many of my assistants the art of stone carving. When one of my artisans leaves to start his or her own workshop, I feel very proud. It means that the stone art of Peru will live on.

The stone carvings record the history of Peru and the Andes. Although we now use machinery to give life to our drawings, the stories that the stones tell and the reasons we incorporate those stories have been with us since pre-Inca times.

I've been carving semi-precious stones since the late 1980s. Originally I would travel to the mines, but then I began to carve some leftover pieces. It was thanks to a dear friend who taught me, and I think I will never stop practicing. To be curious, to explore forms and designs, awoke in me the artist's soul.

"It was not an easy task as high precision work requires a lot of effort every day. The years have given me great experience and have taught me that only with firm steps and perseverance are our objectives achieved. My inspiration comes from what I love in nature — animals, and the beautiful landscapes of the Andes. All these sources of energy are what I capture in my art.

"One of my dreams is to be able to continue growing next to my family. I pray that God gives me a lot of strength to continue working and carving the beautiful natural stones, which have been used since the time of our ancestors. Thanks to you, I've managed to raise my family and provide full-time work for other artisans so they can also help their families."

Original Artisan Story

Born in 1962, Cesar Gonzales has worked as a stone carver since 1988. Before that his job was in residential construction, building and finishing houses. But after learning the technique of stone sculpture in the workshop of a friend, he found he preferred it. The following year he became independent and began to create his own images.

A married man, Gonzales has a son and three daughters. The oldest girl shows the most interest in her father's art and even assists him.

He works with serpentine, rose manganese, calcite, celestite, red jasper, mottramite, chrysocolla, rhodochrosite and quartz. He travels to mines in the central sierra to acquire minerals and materials of all kinds. "I work in stone because of the beautiful things that can be made with each kind," he says. "I like stone's naturalness and purity of color."

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.


United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.


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