Dark Green Jade on Handmade Sterling Silver Bird Earrings, "Forest Quetzal"
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Poised on leafy branches, the quetzal bird has been revered in Guatemala since the days of the early Mayas. "The quetzal is my country's national symbol and its colors are amazing. My dream is to see one in real life! I designed these earrings so you can see how beautiful this bird is," says Zandra Lorena Sajbin. She crafts the sterling silver earrings by hand with embossed details, and the exotic beauty of dark green jade for the wings.
.925 Sterling silver
- 4 grams
- 0.16 oz
- 4.9 cm L x 1.6 cm W
- 1.9" L x 0.6" W
From a humble artist to a respected member of her community, Zandra captures the spirit of the Women's Empowerment badge. "After my husband died in 2017, I knew I would need to provide for my three children. I've made their education my top priority and plan to send each of them to university. I have also welcomed helpers into my workshop, and support them with fair wages," she says.
Zandra started off as a humble artisan with a strong passion. Since her start with NOVICA, she has been able to grow her workshop and achieve more than she thought possible. She is able to support her children, create jobs in her community, and has become one of the most respected artisans in her city.
Zandra Lorena Sajbin has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1050 and the most recent for $3500. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of more silver, jade and tools so she can develop her new designs.
Zandra lost her husband in 2017 and she is now the sole provider for her three children, Fabricio, Alejandro and Dulce. Through her jade jewelry art, she is able to support her children and increase their livelihood.