I started designing and making jewelry in 2011 after working for years on wall street, with the desire to do something more fulfilling and philanthropic. With that in mind, I put my New York life on hold to travel Peru in search of inspiration. In my travels, I discovered communities who use amazonian seeds to handmake beautiful jewelry and studied with these artisans for months to learn all I could. Our partnership became the birth of Mujus, a name that means 'seed' in Quechua, the ancient language of Peru. Mujus prides itself in using only sustainable materials of the highest quality, and providing educational opportunities, healthcare benefits and fair trade wages to our wonderful artisans. Our signature material is the tagua seed. Tagua originates from a palm tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest. Tagua seeds are harvested after they have fallen to the ground, so there is no damage done to the rainforest during the harvesting process. And as no two seeds are alike, each Mujus piece is unique.