Fair Trade Handcrafted Mexican Alpaca Silver & Turquoise Mosaic Bracelet
Handcrafted by women in a cooperative in Mexico, this alpaca silver link bracelet is comprised of five round handcast pieces inlaid with a mosaic of turquoise. The bracelet has three different links to make it adjustable to fit a variety of wrist sizes, and measures 8.5 inches in overall total length.
About the Artisans: The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and abalone jewelry. ArtCamp, short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition. The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market, even surviving a collapse in the marketability of their pieces in the 1990’s after jewelry from other countries flooded the US market. The artisans have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design. Their product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, and even tiny flowers captured in resin. Each piece is accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals, and represents the tradition of fine Mexican jewelry .
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Fair Trade's mission is to improve the lives of some of the people with whom we share this planet, by offering income-generating opportunities to craftspeople in developing countries by following fair trade practices including paying in advance at least the market price for items, ensuring that craftspeople receive payment, and ensuring that the craftspeople work in fair working conditions.