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Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings

$59.00

Price: $59.00

Item#:2000002

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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 9 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Stylish (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good length (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dates / night out (5)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Office (3)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Classic style (5), Career (4), Stylish (4), Comfort-oriented (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (6)

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    (1 of 1 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
         
        2.0

        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

               
              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
                 
                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

                  (1 of 2 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
                       
                      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

                        (0 of 1 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

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice.

                        By TWJS

                        from SW Ohio

                        About Me Career, Classic, Stylish

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Out
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Guatemalan Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:

                          I used it as a gift. The 35th anniversary 'stone' is either jade or coral. I gave small gifts of each.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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