PinExt - NOVICA .925 Sterling Silver and Natural Jade Cross Pendant Necklace, 18", 'Maya Hope', Hand Made

NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Our mantra is to spread global happiness, so rest assured – we’ll do everything we possibly can to ensure you’re a happy customer.

About this item: The Maya people believed jade symbolizes immortality, and nowadays the people of Guatemala believe it represents hope. The Jiménez Family encases a jade cross in sterling silver to create a necklace of devout elegance. .925 Sterling silver setting and 18″ figaro chain with spring ring clasp. The pendant measures 2.1″ by 1.1″.

About our Artist: Pedro and Esperanza took a huge chance when they decided to become jewelry artisans. They didn’t know anything about it; in fact they both come from farming backgrounds. But along with their children Saira, Maribel and Luis Estuardo, they decided to venture into the world of silver and jade. Pedro and Esperanza’s story begins when on holiday in western Guatemala, Pedro – then 19 years old – met Esperanza, who was 17 years old. At the time, Esperanza washed and ironed clothes at the house of a woman whose son had a silversmith workshop. One day I was busy carrying some corn when the silversmith’s wife called me over, and to my surprise told me she would like to offer Pedro a job! recalls Esperanza. And that’s how our journey into this wonderful world of jewelry began for us, says Pedro. When I was 12 years old I had worked for a while with a weaver specializing on the pedal loom. We wove pieces to sell at the market in Antigua. It requires a lot of hard work and the rewards are few. So I gladly joined the silversmith for six years, during which time I learned a lot from him. Then we decided to set up our own workshop, where we could let our imagination and creativity run free, and we could work on our own designs. Esperanza remembers that at first it wasn’t easy. Following your…

Product Features

  • An original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Jimenez Family to craft this item.
  • Includes an original NOVICA jewelry pouch to keep for yourself or give as a gift.
  • A keepsake treasure designed to be loved for years to come.

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