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Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings

$59.00

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Jade has an ancient history not just in Asia, but also in Mesoamerica, where it was used by cultures from the Olmec to the Maya to the Aztec. It symbolized life and death and was used to make figurines, jewelry, and even inlays for teeth.


These earrings are made in a small workshop in Antigua, Guatemala, by a skilled silver artisan named Marcelino Alvarado, who is the fourth generation of his family to craft sterling and jade jewelry. The earrings are cut from jade slabs by hand using special electric saws, then rounded and given their final shape on a grinding wheel. The silver is worked entirely by hand. Please note: The darkness of the stone may vary a little in these handcrafted accents.


Visit our Guatemalan Gift Shop to shop a range of items hand-crafted by artisans.


  • Handcrafted in Antigua, Guatemala.
  • 2"L x 1/2"W x 1/8” diameter
  • Earrings arrive in a hand-woven fabric gift pouch.

Guatemalan jade was prized for its density and strength as well as for its color, which ranged from the blue-green Olmec jade to the bright apple-green shade preferred by the Imperial Maya. Mesoamerican jade is found exclusively in Guatemala’s Motagua River valley and the Sierra de las Minas Mountains. Its rarity for millennia suggests that the exact location of mines was a well-kept secret.


La Antigua Guatemala, in the country’s central highlands, is famous for its baroque architecture, colonial churches, and the three volcanoes that surround the town. It was called Santiago de los Caballeros when it was founded, and served as the country’s capital city until a massive 1773 earthquake left more than 3,000 buildings in ruins and the government reestablished the capital thirty miles away in present-day Guatemala City. Today, the former capital is known as La Antigua Guatemala, or Old Guatemala, although most people simply call it Antigua.


Antigua is known for its elaborate Holy Week celebrations. They include large processions along cobblestoned streets that are covered with incredibly ornate “carpets” made out of colored sawdust, flower petals, and sand. Hundreds of men in purple robes carry floats, or andas, bearing huge statues of Christ and other saints.


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Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful (8)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Stylish (7)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good length (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Dates / night out (7)
  • Everyday (4)
  • Formal occasions (4)
  • Office (4)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic style (5), Stylish (5), Career (4), Comfort-oriented (4), Practical (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6), No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful

I received these earrings from my husband to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. I find they are just showy enough to be noticed, but classic enough to go with lots of outfits.

I received these earrings from my husband to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. I find they are just showy enough to be noticed, but classic enough to go with lots of outfits.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too large for me

Nicely made product, however the earrings were too long, and too heavy for me. I was sorry to do so, but I had to return them.

Nicely made product, however the earrings were too long, and too heavy for me. I was sorry to do so, but I had to return them.

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4.0

Lovely jade earrings

By Shirl

from Farnham, Quebec, Canada

About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Good Quality
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Hook Too Long
  • Too Heavy

Best Uses

  • Formal Occasions
  • Night Out

Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

They are beautiful, but feel heavy after a couple of hours wear. I will wear them for short outings and special affairs.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Photo does not do these justice.

By Maggie Magpie

from Australia

About Me Practical, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Difficult To Clasp

Best Uses

  • Everyday
  • Formal Occasions
  • Night Out
  • Office
  • Travel

Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

Very happy with these earrings and they are a perfect match for a jade necklace.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful

By Junelle

from Fillmore, Indiana

About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Stylish
  • Unique
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

      I received these earrings from my husband to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. I find they are just showy enough to be noticed, but classic enough to go with lots of outfits.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Too large for me

      By Sandi

      from Tucson, AZ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Stylish
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Too Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

        Nicely made product, however the earrings were too long, and too heavy for me. I was sorry to do so, but I had to return them.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        bad picture!

        By john

        from Seattle

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Color Is Way Different

          Best Uses

            Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

            color is way different from picture (both catalog and online) - picture shows bright light green jade - received dark dirty green colored jade - silver also not great, not smooth and mirror like

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Value

            By Tom the Tinker

            from Colorado

            About Me Classic

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Night Out

              Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

              Excellent color and very well made. Will go well with my Wife's Chinese Imperial Jade necklace.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A beautiful local hand-crafted product

              By MRLS

              from Montreal Canada

              About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Good Length
              • Good Quality
              • Stylish
              • Unique
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday
                • Formal Occasions
                • Night Out
                • Office
                • Travel

                Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

                Wonderful that it supports local culture

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                poor quality

                By Li

                from New Jersey

                About Me Career

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Workmanship
                  • Too Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

                    Earrings were too heavy, they do not look like real jade. My husband gave them to me for Valentine's Day, and he was more disappointed than I was.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    jade in all its beauty

                    By a gemlover wife

                    from APO AE (Armed Forces Europe)

                    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful
                    • Good Quality
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday
                      • Formal Occasions
                      • Night Out
                      • Office
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

                      I use all kind of gemstones because I love them. Each has something special and beautiful about it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very beautiful and original.

                      By Claire the wise

                      from Ottawa Canada

                      About Me Career, Classic, Stylish

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful
                      • Good Quality
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                      • Tarnishes Easily

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Out
                      • Office

                      Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

                      Very nice and classic.Could wear it every day.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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