"I prefer to chose the piece of jade directly from the miners who just extracted it from the mine."
"I find the history associated with jade to be inspiring. This beautiful stone has been treasured and worked since the times of the ancient Maya. Jade can only be found in a few countries around the world, so I feel fortunate to have the privilege to have it nearby to create something so valuable.
"I'm Pablo, from San Cristóbal Totonicapan and I'm the youngest of five siblings. Both my parents were farmers and vendors, but dad also enjoyed carving and mom wove traditional attire on the backstrap loom. My interest in jade jewelry was sparked at a company where I worked in charge of purchases. However it wasn't until years later that a friend offered me the opportunity to work as a jade artisan. He taught me everything I needed to know, but my willingness to learn was such that I was very attentive to what others were doing and so I was always learning and refining my skills.
"The first piece I ever made was the replica of a Maya mask from Tikal. It was a lot of hard work, but in the end my bosses were pleased with it and soon sold it at their store. I continued working hard to save enough to set up my own workshop, and I finally got it set up in 2000.
"Getting started is a difficult endeavor as you need to make yourself known and have your own clients. But with perseverance and hard work I've managed to keep earning in a more or less stable manner.
"I prefer to chose the piece of jade directly from the miners who just extracted it from the mine. Then I cut it into plaques and from there I make my design, cutting and polishing the gem to a high luster before converting it into a piece of jewelry.
"I dream of the day my sales increase so I may expand my workshop by offering a job to more people in my community. I thank Novica for the opportunity of showcasing my work and for opening the window of opportunity so that people in other countries can see my work."
"This design is natural and elegant, we were inspired by the dewdrops we see every morning in our garden," Jiménez Family say. Working with natural jade, they set the drop-shaped gem in sterling silver. It is said that jade attracts love.
Polished globes of natural jade evoke the moon over Guatemala. Zandra Lorena Sajbin selects light green, dark green and lilac jade to create earrings for every mood. Set in sterling silver, the gems grace three pairs of handcrafted earrings.
Round and hypnotic like the harvest moon, jade is simply captivating in earrings from Guatemala. Pablo Roquel suspends light green jade discs from sterling silver hooks as he crafts these earrings by hand.
Known as Ya'ax Chich, natural jade was regarded as a sacred stone by the Maya people. They believed that three jade stones separated the sea from the sky. Guatemala's Zandra Lorena Sajbin preserves Maya traditions with these beautiful earrings.....read more
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