Long Turquoise Earrings - Mexican Alpaca Silver
Women belonging to the Art Camp project in Mexico handcast these earrings in alpaca silver and inlay the semi-precious stones of malachite, turquoise, and abalone, creating a mosaic. The elongated drop is elegant yet perfect for casual wear, the top and bottom of which are inlaid with abalone and triangles of malachite and turquoise fill the center. Earrings hang 5 cm from hypoallergenic hooks.
- Alpaca silver is a high gloss pewter alloy that does not tarnish
- The back of the earring is solid alpaca silver, providing the base for the inlay
- As the earrings are handmade from natural stone, patterns in the stone and colors will vary.
- All production is performed by women of the Art Camp cooperative
- Due to the handmade nature of the piece, please allow for some slight variances in the pattern
- As a Fair Trade product, all persons involved in its production make a fair wage.
About the Artisan
The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and abalone Mexican fashion jewelry. Art Camp, short for Artesanas Campesinas or rural women artisans, is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition. The group continues to introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market, surviving a collapse in the 1990's in the marketability of their pieces with the influx of jewelry from other countries to the US market.
The women have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design. The jewelry product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, or tiny flowers captured in resin accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals. The tradition of fine Mexican jewelry is present in each piece.