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Cultured Freshwater Pearl and Black Cord Pendant Necklace - Moonlit Dance in Black
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Over 60 smooth cultured freshwater pearls glisten in this wonderful necklace by artisan Ketut Sulastri. Traditional Balinese motifs of swirls and dots decorate the circular sterling silver pendant, which is accented by two dangling cultured pearls. The artisan adorns the long black nylon cord with dozens of petite cultured pearls, completing the exquisite design.
- 925 sterling silver, cultured freshwater pearl, black nylon cord
- 0 oz
- 27 inches min L - x 27.5 inches max L
- 30 mm W
- Pendant(s): 2 inches L x 1.2 inches W x 0.2 inches D
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Ketut Sulastri
"I'm Ketut Sulastri and I make jewelry. I'm a married woman who is known to be a hard worker, and a diligent and happy woman. I was born to parents who were construction workers. Since I was a little girl, I used to work after school as a silversmith to pay the school fees and help my parents so they could buy things.
"I learned to craft jewelry by observing people making it. When I was 15, I started taking orders and making them at home. I also started creating my own designs. Since I like jewelry so much, this became more of a hobby. Many of my designs are inspired by traditional Balinese arts and crafts combined with the current jewelry trends.
"I opened a small shop ten years later to sell my designs. That was a great moment in my life, and I felt my life was improving so I could help my parents and also my neighbors by giving them orders to complete. Now there are 20 women who assist me, and they are mostly homemakers from my neighborhood. They now have a chance to earn more money and have a better life.
"I use sterling silver, gemstones, beads and nylon cord in my creations. We use manual tools like scissors, needles, solder and pliers.
"I hope everyone helps us to sell more of my designs, so I can recruit more neighborhood women who really need more income.""