Colorblock Rope Necklace
Winding Natural Necklaces, from the Andean Collection:
A long, naturally tinted strand that makes a big impression, the Colorblock Rope Necklace is an 84-inch string of acai seeds, each one furnished into a smooth, pearl-like bead.
Where it as you fancy, and revel in the unique fashion of jewelry derived from sustainable materials. Each piece is distinct, with natural variations.
Harvesting seeds for jewelry has occurred in the tropical regions of South America for centuries. In an effort to maximize the benefit to local artisans, Andean Collection provides a global market that affords them a living wage, education opportunities for their children, and further employment opportunities to others in their communities. Many of the artisans described here oversee their own workshops and maintain independent shops. Their beautiful, natural jewelry also presents a sustainable alternative to logging, preserving the rain forests on which they depend.
Acai beads, hand-buffed and colored with non-toxic dye. This necklace is 84 inches long and can be worn in a variey of ways.
Colors: (in order of gallery appearance)
curry/papaya, hazelnut/lemon, lavender/burgundy, natural/perinwinkle, navy/salmon, papaya/aqua, steel/ivory, teal/sea green
Made in Ecuador by Nancy and Carlos.
From Andean Collection: Nancy loves creating jewelry and organizing the workshop. In addition to working with Andean Collection, she manages her own storefront in Otavalo. With the support of Andean Collection’s training program, Carlos finished the Ecuadorian artisan qualification course in 2011, which teaches artisans how to manage and leverage their business, as well as providing them with special benefits such as lower taxes. Andean Collection provides all of Nancy and Carlos’ school aged children with educational scholarships.
Apart from the popularity of acai fruit, back home in Ecuador the leaves of the acai palm are used for woven crafts such as hats and baskets. The seeds, meanwhile, make for beautiful, consistent beads with a smooth, sometimes wood-like appearance.
As these pieces are made from natural materials, avoid contact with water.
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