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Green Valley Chakana Chrysocolla Chakana Cross Filigree Dangle Earrings from Peru

Green Valley Chakana Chrysocolla Chakana Cross Filigree Dangle Earrings from Peru

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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.

Symbolizing the union of the spiritual and mortal worlds, the chakana cross originates from several pre-Hispanic cultures, including the Inca. Nancy Quispe of Peru pays homage to the chakana, handcrafting it with intricate sterling silver filigree in this pair of dangle earrings. Each cross is set with a round stone of natural chrysocolla in the center, evoking the green valleys of the Andes.

  • materials: 925 sterling silver, chrysocolla
  • Hook earrings
  • Combination finish
  • Natural stone - some variations in color and/or pattern are to be expected
1.7 in. L x 1 in. W x 0.1 in. D

Artisan Information

Nancy Quispe

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I'm Nancy Noemi Quispe and I was born in Peru's Paucará district in 1987. I think of myself as happy, responsible and dedicated. I grew up in an environment surrounded by nature and it was a beautiful area with very diverse flora and fauna. Thanks to this, most of my jewelry designs are inspired by nature.

When I was young, I would help my mother take of my siblings. We would often play in the fields and sometimes find beehives and eat honey.

"One of the things that impacted me was when my parents separated when I was young, but I managed to overcome it and this experience made me stronger and more secure in facing obstacles.

"After graduating from high school, I enrolled in the university to study special education, but I had to drop out due to family reasons. As a young girl, I was interested in creative and artistic works. An uncle encouraged me to study jewelry-making and I discovered I loved it! I signed up for a jewelry workshop, then another and another. In each one, I learned new techniques and how to create the different alloys with Andean silver — 950, 925 sterling, and others.

"All my new knowledge came together as I began creating my own designs, and I discovered that this is my real passion.

"Starting out on my own was complicated at first, because I didn't have the necessary tools. But with perseverance, I was able to buy the essential implements and materials to launch my own workshop.

"Today, I work with my husband and brother-in-law and we all have different tasks. My husband and brother-in-law help with the administrative work and assemble the jewelry. I am in charge of designing, weaving the filigree strands and quality control. I use silver, semi-precious stones, wood and leather. Like any other job, it's difficult starting out but, after becoming more skilled over time, I found that working with silver isn't that hard.

"I love looking at a completed piece of filigree jewelry. Seeing the beautiful and incredible results of my work motivates me to create even more designs. Peru's silver filigree jewelry is a part of my history, my culture, and my life. My designs reflect the natural world and the traditions of my country.

"Thanks to jewelry, I met my husband, the love of my life. He's very dedicated to this art and is very supportive of my work. We also have a beautiful daughter who makes me so happy and motivates me to get ahead.

"One of my future plans is to have a school to teach and train young people who are interested in crafting jewelry. I'm very grateful to you and happy to be a part of this group that is showing my art and designs to the world."

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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