Dark Green Guatemalan Jade Necklace in Sterling Silver, "North and South"
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Zandra Lorena Sajbin designs a necklace of extraordinary beauty in honor of Guatemala's Maya legacy. She crafts the sterling silver pendant by hand and centers it a beautiful round jade with a beveled diamond at the center. The ancient Maya referred to jade as Ya'ax Chich, and they regarded it as a sacred symbol of life, fertility and power.
.925 Sterling silver
- 5 grams
- 0.18 oz
- Chain: 45.72 cm L
- Chain: 18" L
- Chain width: 2 mm
- Chain width: 2 mm
- Pendant: 2.8 cm L x 1.8 cm W x 0.4 cm D
- Pendant: 1.1" L x 0.7" W x 0.2" D
From a humble artist to a respected member of her community, Zandra captures the spirit of the Women's Empowerment badge. "After my husband died in 2017, I knew I would need to provide for my three children. I've made their education my top priority and plan to send each of them to university. I have also welcomed helpers into my workshop, and support them with fair wages," she says.
Zandra started off as a humble artisan with a strong passion. Since her start with NOVICA, she has been able to grow her workshop and achieve more than she thought possible. She is able to support her children, create jobs in her community, and has become one of the most respected artisans in her city.
Zandra Lorena Sajbin has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1050 and the most recent for $3500. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of more silver, jade and tools so she can develop her new designs.
Zandra lost her husband in 2017 and she is now the sole provider for her three children, Fabricio, Alejandro and Dulce. Through her jade jewelry art, she is able to support her children and increase their livelihood.