These lightweight circle earrings in brass could become the new classic piece of your jewelry collection! What better than a handmade and fair trade item?
Gold-tone earrings. Handmade by women outside of Taxco, Mexico. Measures 2". Please note that these earrings are hand-soldered, meaning you'll likely see some slight color variation where the metals are joined together. It's part of what makes them handmade!
The makers are an artisan cooperative in Taxco who are masters of metallic jewelry, working in sterling silver, gold, brass, and alpaca silver. The city of Taxco exports tons of silver jewelry to the U.S., but it's almost entirely made by men. This artisan cooperative of 12 women are primarily single mothers. Some were taught the craft while growing up by their fathers, others were taught by other women in the group. Regardless, the tradition of silversmithing in these small villages goes back generations, and it is the livelihood of most people in the area. Most artisans never learned to read or write, so their options for upward mobilization are limited. Working with this cooperative, the women are able to export their products at fair prices, as well as work from their own homes where they can care for their children. It's difficult work, but these women do it with so much pride!