Nilson's Amazonite Earrings
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Nilson of Rio de Janeiro and his team masterfully hand-sculpt these amazonite earrings of chrome-plated brass, surrounding each uniquely shaped piece of amazonite crystal as they handcraft this one-of-a-kind piece. Each earring is inspired by the forms and flowers of lush tropical plants throughout Nilson's home country of Brazil. Born in one of Rio's most dangerous slums, Nilson dropped out of school at age 15 to help support his family. He first found work in a leather-goods workshop and later apprenticed with a brass artisan. Determined to give his daughter opportunities he didn't have, Nilson began handcrafting jewelry from leftover scraps at the workshop. Nilson now brings his rich organic designs to the larger world, and is able to create a sustainable living for himself and many of his townspeople. These amazonite earrings are made, uno alla volta, from the hearts and hands of artisans; no two will be exactly alike. Earrings measure approx. 2in. long, wires.
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