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Gifts of the Earth

April 19, 2018

Gifts of the Earth

The Earth, our planet, a planet that gives and sustains all inhabiting life.  Earth Day, celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970, reminds us all of the treasures presented to us by the earth and our responsibility to foster sustainability and to administer care for of all of them; Air, water, trees, soil, oceans, natural resources. The title of our collection Gifts of the Earth celebrates the source of materials used to create our pieces. The major components of pieces in this collection are sustainably sourced from the land, the forests and the seas.

                

Revered for their works, the people of Ghana are know for their use of recycled glass in the creation of beads.  They gather discarded glass products and break them into small pieces.  The glass is then placed into clay molds and melted into beads. Holes are inserted by hand as the glass cools and the beads are finished by rubbing them in damp sand on a base of stone.

We hand select our Ghana glass beads from people who support fair trade.  The artisans of Ghana create the beads not only from glass but also from old vinyl records and other discarded materials. At Arts Boheme we work with the glass beads exclusively. In celebration of Earth Day, we celebrate the Ghana people who are gathering discarded glass and through recycling, recreate the beautiful beads used in jewelry all over the world. We source and use Ghana glass in the creation of our jewelry pieces and we celebrate the origins of the beads and culture of the people who create them.

 

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