precious gold dipped lace heart

by Tulianna and Alejandra Garces $42.00
Handmade
Recycled

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  • the story

A Heart of Gold

Make a rare and romantic statement with this heart-shaped necklace that combines the timeless qualities of lace and gold. In a painstaking process taking several days, Colombian artisans transform lace into stunning, finely-detailed jewelry. The process is entirely done by hand: pieces of lace are cut and sewn, dipped in wax to seal and reinforce them, then in a layer of copper, and finally in 24k gold. The piece is then brushed by hand, clearing every void of the lace from excess metal to preserve its subtle detail. Finally, a lacquer is brushed onto each piece to protect its delicate beauty. Produced through a fair trade organization, this handmade jewelry provides stable income for economically struggling or displaced communities of Colombian artisans (85% are women and heads of households). The resulting pieces are glittering tributes to the traditional art of lacemaking, and gorgeous statements to add to your accessory collection.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
25610
Made from
gold, Copper, Lace
Measurements
Chain: 18" L ; Pendant: 1.5" L x 1" W
Notes
Care: As with any fine piece of jewelry, please don't keep in sealed plastic bags, don’t get wet, or use any chemical cleaners, or perfumes or creams. If it gets wet, please air dry, or pat dry with a soft cloth
  • the maker

Tulianna and Alejandra Garces

Although Tulianna Garces (pronounced: Gar-says) was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, she has always considered herself a citizen of the world. Her grandmother was Russian, her mother was born in Iran and raised in Austria, her father studied in Scotland, and as a child Tulianna was raised speaking Spanish, French and German.

Tulianna immigrated to the US in 1985 after her first daughter, Alejandra was born, leaving behind a increasingly violent Colombia for peaceful, albeit cold, Vermont. Tulianna, however, never forgot her home and the devastation that more than fifty years of civil war can have on an innocent population. By working with local communities and schools in Vermont and New England; teaching children from low income families everything from fine art to theater to printmaking , she witnessed first hand the power and inspiration that can come from giving individuals the opportunity to express themselves, work collaboratively and improve their lives through sustainable practices and ideas.

This was something that was not only desperately needed in Colombia, which has a population of nearly five million internally displaced people; but also an initiative that would require a deeply collaborative relationship with local artisans--something she had always desired to place at the forefront of any business she would create. Each piece Tulianna and Alejandra design, whether it is made of vintage lace, Agave or the Tagua seed plucked from the rainforest, is an impassioned labor of love that has passed through many hands and is dedicated to the idea that all citizens of the world deserve to live safely and at peace.

Visit the blog to learn more about how Tulianna and Alejandra work with Colombian artisans to create their stunning dipped lace designs.

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