Three strands of reconsistuted turquoise, jadeite, and lapis lazuli beads compliment casual or elegant occasions. Handcrafted by vulnerable and disabled Afhgan women in a fair trade safe haven.
Lapis lazuli, mined in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan for over 6,000 years, was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as a symbol of truth. Reconstituted turquoise, a mix of recycled turquoise dust and pieces, is more earth-friendly than working with pure turqouise, since it doesn't require distrupting the earth. Jadeite, the rarer and more valuable form of jade, has been used for decorative and religious purposes for thousands of years.
Measures 22" in length and secures with a hook and eye clasp
Madina Handcrafts Community exists to empower vulnerable and disabled women by building their professional skills, providing literacy, health training, and capacity building so they and their families can be self-sustaining.
Shaima Shafaq, founder and president of the organization, embodies both its voice and spirit. She began working with disabled women because she herself was accidentally shot by a soldier and almost lost her arm.
Women come to her workshop, many with children, and enjoy the solidarity and fellowship of one another while they work to provide for their families.
Here the women have a safe haven to cut, shape, sand, polish and assemble the stones into jewelry that is both beautiful and fashionable.