Monday, October 31, 2011

Jewelry Around the World

Hello again friends and jewelry fans,

This is a start of a new post called "Jewelry Around the World."  I am so inspired by the jewelry in the places I've traveled, from the silver in Mexico to the Celtic designs in Ireland, that I thought it would be appropriate to do some research and show some neat things that are happening.  An idea I really love is how so many women in developing countries are learning the skills of jewelry making to make a living. 

This week's post is about a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya called the Jacaranda Workshop.  It employs mentally disabled members from the Jacaranda Special School and exports products. They are able to stay in business through their two main export businesses--Ten Thousand Villages, and The Body Shop, International. 

To visit the Jacaranda Workshop Website, click here:

To visit Ten Thousand Villages website, click here:

Here are some beautiful pics of the jewelry made at Jacaranda:

Brass bars and findings with ceramic beads
Lovely glazed ceramic beads knotted on ribbon.

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