Teardrop Pearl Earrings, Mexico

Please note:  This item is on backorder and can be purchased now for shipment on approximately December 5th, in plenty of time for the holidays.

These stunning earrings feature an alpaca silver teardrop-shaped wire with a mother-of-pearl stone in the center.   Alpaca silver is a combination of various metals and can easily be polished if needed.

Earrings measure approximately 2.25" long.

Please note:  The earrings contain some nickel but the ear wires are nickel-free.  They can be cleaned with silver polish or yes, ketchup.

ABOUT THE ARTISANS

This piece of jewelry was handmade in a fair trade women's cooperative near Taxco, Mexico.  Silver jewelry in Mexico is traditionally made by men, but this group consists of 12 women in villages outside of Taxco who learned their craft either from their fathers or other women.  Most of the women are single mothers, many of whom have never learned to read or write.  The women are now able to export their products while earning a fair wage, which has greatly improved their livelihood.  They work from home so can take care of their children while working.



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