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Royal Maya Jade & Silver Modern Ring

Royal Maya Jade & Silver Modern Ring

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-209885a75229

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.

This bold ring for men, crafted by Rafael Antonio Zurdo, exalts the contrast of polished silver with light and dark green jade, so dark it seems almost black. Mined in Guatemala, the gem has been prized since pre-Hispanic times.

  • Sterling silver and jade
  • High polish finish
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Guatemala

Due to the handmade nature of this product, some variations in color may vary

Artisan Information

Rafael Antonio Zurdo

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I am a jeweler. I have a great love for what I do; this is my vocation. A serious man of few words, I speak when it is necessary, and I can talk for a long time if the theme is of interest to me. I like to improve myself and I want with all my heart to achieve my goals.

My childhood was a bit difficult, as my father had several illnesses and I suffered from my parents' separation. I lived alone with my mother and also alone with my father. But I've overcome these problems and today I am a healthy man who appreciates life and peace. I learn something from every tough situation in my life. Today, my parents live together again and my dad supports me in my jewelry work.

"I became interested in this art because in the 1980s, my father learned to create designs with jade and he worked with a foreign man. With the passing years, he came to craft very good jewelry. When I was 12, I began helping in the workshop after school and, little by little, I learned the art. In fact, by the age of 16, I could transform rough jade and silver into a piece of jewelry. My father's clients were quite demanding, so quality has always been an important factor for us.

"I hope to be able to sell my own designs so that my father's dream of having a large workshop can come true. He has always wanted to have the equipment necessary to be able to provide work for people with certain handicaps. I dream that my wife and I can go to college one day and work hard so that we can give our children everything they need. "In my country, it isn't easy to be an artisan. It's a challenge, and you have to go knocking on doors to be able to show your designs. We run into businesses and people who don't believe in us, so it can be complicated. But this is a challenge I've had to face and overcome. Today, I'm able to benefit my family and my community because, when I get a big order, I can offer jobs to my neighbors.

"The nicest part of my art is being able to transform an idea in my heart and mind into a reality with my own hands. I love being able to satisfy a shopper and see that person smile. My jewelry is inspired by nature, by the shapes of objects and by the beauty of natural silver and jade."

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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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.

Returns

All sales of this product are final -- we do not accept returns or issue replacements unless there is a defect with the product. Please review our Returns & Exchanges policy.

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