Cast Sterling & Lapis Cross Necklace
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Stunning blue lapis stones and sterling silver elevate this eloquent declaration of faith into a showpiece of jewelry. Featuring exquisite detailing and a glittering inset of dark crystals in the center crosspiece. Lapis lazuli, the "sapphire" of the ancients, was favored for its deep, blue color often flecked with "gold" (iron pyrite). The Egyptians regarded lapis as a sacred stone of celestial origin and a symbol of truth.
- Pendant Only -- $19.80
- With 18" (45.7 cm) Rope Chain -- $24.80
- With 18" (45.7 cm) Snake Chain -- $29.80
Necklace measures 1" T x 0.75" W (2.5 x 1.9 cm). Handmade in and fairly traded from Afghanistan.
* Pendant is shown on snake chain.
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Artisan: Afghan Women Carpets and Cattle Keeper Network
After Najiba Hussaini's husband was arrested by the Taliban, she became the sole bread winner for her family of seven. In an effort to support her family, she established the Afghan Women Carpets and Cattle Keeper Network (AWCN), an artisan collective that produces handmade jewelry and weaves traditional Afghan carpets. AWCN now works with over forty artisans, and offers classes in women's and children's rights, health awareness, ending violence against women, and business skills. The organization allows both men and women a place to earn a living to support their families, and in turn, better their lives.
Maryam, a widowed mother of four who lives in Bamyan, Afghanistan, has found income and opportunity with AWCN. She says, "When I have return from Iran to my home country I had nothing to feed my children. When I have start working with AWCN I have learned to make jewelry, now I'm happy that I have my own income and I can feed my children because I'm the only bread winner of my family ... now I can send my children to school as well."
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