This necklace was named years ago after Christella, one of our jewelry makers. She is fierce, loving and she has a Hope that inspires!
This piece was touched by our clay, aluminum, AND jewelry workshops! SO many jobs are created as this necklace is created!
Over the course of several days, locally sourced dry clay is made into a moldable form, kneaded into shape, kiln-fired, glazed and fired again. The group started with just 2 people who used 50 cents to buy some clay and a bowl to use as a kiln. Today, our clay group, made up of 14 people, supports up to 20 families in Gonaives. A true redemptive story of starting with what you have and watching it multiply!
Local materials and local skills are married to make our beautiful aluminum pieces! Recycled aluminum is melted and poured into sand molds to set by makers who have been working with aluminum to make cooking pots for years. Then it is cleaned and handed over to another set of makers to be stamped with individual letters. Each piece is labor-full. Which we love, because more labor means more people with jobs!
All of our jewelry incorporates upcycled and/or local materials. This reflects our values of positively impacting the earth and the local economy of Haiti, as well as the redemption of giving old things a 2nd Story. Our jewelry team has become experts in their craft since 2011 when we started out teaching the skills, crowded together on children’s school benches in Jubilee!
-90% local materials (everything besides the chain!)