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Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings

$59.00

Price: $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.



  • 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
 
3.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful (12)
  • Good quality (9)
  • Stylish (9)
  • Unique (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Dates / night out (9)
  • Everyday (6)
  • Formal occasions (6)
  • Office (5)
  • Travel (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (7), Classic style (6), Practical (6), Career (4), Comfort-oriented (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7), No (6)

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

 

bad picture!

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...Read complete review

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

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5.0

Simple but elegant

By Hiangleman

from Lander, Wyoming

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

      I wish the Jade were darker in color.

       
      5.0

      The earrings are truely beautiful

      By Angela

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

        the earrings a unique and look stylish.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent quality and beauty. Good price

        By Dan

        from Curlew,WA

        About Me Classic, 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:

          Modern but classic at the same time. Great lines and great color. My wife loves them.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty!

          By T-Kitty

          from Seward, AK

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Good Quality
          • Stylish
          • Unique

          Cons

          • A Little Large

          Best Uses

          • Formal Occasions
          • Night Out

          Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

          The earrings are beautiful, though a bit bigger than I was expecting. They go nicely with the jade bracelet.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

          (2 of 2 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

          (3 of 3 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

              (3 of 3 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

                (3 of 3 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

                    (2 of 2 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

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