Have you seen crochet jewelry in stores? It’s unlikely unless you come across a very unique shop. I stumbled upon a shop in Greenwich CT over 10 years ago, and there in a glass case was a beautiful crochet necklace. It jumped out at me because I had never seen crochet jewelry before. I asked to try it on and I couldn’t believe how soft it felt on my skin. It had to be the most comfortable necklace I ever wore. So, of course I was compelled to own this beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The sales person told me the necklace was handmade in Brooklyn NY and I must say I paid $$$ a lot for my necklace. I loved it enough that it was worth every penny!
Now, fast forward 8 years later... I’m at the NY NOW Show and I’m wondering the Fair Trade floors when we first set out to create High 5 Humans. I see a booth filled with beautiful crochet jewelry. The owners proceed to tell me the Wonderful Story of the women in Turkey that they personally work with to develop collections of Fair Trade Crochet Jewelry. I’m so excited to find such beautiful and unique jewelry made by such loving people. It’s the perfect match for what we want to offer our customers at High 5 Humans. As we talk, I see my necklace on their table. Yes, the necklace I bought 8 yrs prior in CT. Come to find out, I was misinformed by the sales person when I made my purchase. My necklace was designed and made by the women in Turkey that have overcome incredible social challenges. I have cherished my necklace for 8 years. There was something so special about it that I couldn’t put into words.
I believe 8 years ago I wasn’t paying attention to the messages I was receiving to guide me in a new direction. I didn’t even know what Fair Trade was at that point. There was an opportunity to learn about it from the sales person when I purchased my necklace but she too was misinformed. This perspective lead me to wanting every customer to know the Artisan that made their accessory. It brings us together and allows us to gain a better understanding of the challenges women face all around the globe. It’s a special feeling to know a simple necklace purchase ignited something powerful inside me and now to know that I was helping women far away to rise above incredible odds. Now, you too can meet the Artisans and read there stories. Visit our online boutique and shop our crochet jewelry. I promise you, you will cherish the craftsmanship as much as the connection.
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Handmade Crochet Jewelry in Goreme, Turkey… the land of the Fairy Chimneys.
The Female Artisan Cooperative has a beautiful community within the scenic views of the stone fairy chimneys with a dramatic skyline to stimulate creativity within their valley. Villagers have turned the chimneys into beautiful fresco homes, which are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This group of women are inspired by their surroundings and so grateful to have the opportunity to bring their crochet heritage and stunning designs to you.
HANDMADE IN TURKEY
Many of the Artisan Communities we work with join together creating bridges of opportunities. Artisans & entrepreneurs in developing countries are given opportunity of empowerment by expanding their potential to reach a larger audience and bring you beautiful products.
Silk, Crochet Necklaces hold a story and heritage. Making beautiful jewelry, sixty women got together to form an Artisan Co-op in Turkey. They are doing important work, creating a community, a society of hopeful equability, working together to create beautiful crochet jewelry & contribute to their villages economy.
We at High5Humans are so happy to be taking part in their growth and working together to create beautiful luxury items. We thank YOU for helping all of us create opportunity with ethical, sustainable designs that are making a difference in the world.
xo Christine & Madison