Many of your favorite accessories and jewelry are created by indigenous communities from around the world. Fair trade aims to help preserve their traditions and techniques and provide opportunity for sustainability of culture and life. When you purchase fair trade items, you are contributing to the success of these families. Your hand crafted accessories will help our artisans gain self-respect and dignity while making a living wage to afford the essentials such as nutritious food, education, and healthcare.
Emerald mines have existed since at least 300 BC and worn as jewelry in early Greece and Roman eras. The emerald was introduced to Europeans when the Spanish invaded South America where the Incas had prized emeralds for several hundred years. During that time, emeralds were worn by emperors and royalty, believing the gems as a talisman that offered protection. Many prized artifacts have been found that include emeralds such as, the Crown of Andes, set with 450 emeralds with a total of 1523 carats. It was worn by the last king Inca king of Peru.
In mythology, the emerald is the stone of the Roman goddess, Venus. This association also makes the emerald stone for romance. They are said to bring the wearer passion, bliss, and unconditional love. Lore also says wearing an emerald gives the ability to see into the future and truth, as well as, protection from evil.
The emerald belongs to the beryl minerals that include aquamarine and zircon. Its green color comes from the presence of chromium. Often mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.