Hand-strung black and white spotted beans, with a variation of small brown and black seeds adorn this bracelet, crafted by artisans from Joyeria Semilla in Colombia. The seeds used for jewelry making (wairuru, china wairuru and the orkko wairuru) are considered essential ingredients for traditional medicines and magical practices in ancient Colombian lore.
Artisans at the fair trade organization Joyeria Semilla are known for creating jewelry from materials readily available in their environment including seeds, natural fibers and leaves.
Measures 1-1/8” wide with variable diameter.
Joyeria Semilla (meaning "Seed Jewelry") is a small fair-trade workshop in the Andean town of Villa de Leyva, Colombia. Girasol Taborda, a local artisan and social entrepreneur, started the workshop in the mid-1990s.
Joyeria Semilla’s objective is three-fold: to create new jobs, to revive Colombia's handicrafts sector, and to motivate locals to better manage their natural resources. Working primarily with socially and economically disadvantaged youths, single mothers and people with disabilities in the area, almost all of the artisans begin without any previous training or work experience. The company offers free training in product design, technical training and marketing to new members.