Jade pendant, "Maya Maple Leaf"
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"This pendant is inspired by the beautiful forests in my country, and I hope it becomes a reminder of the care and love that we must have toward our natural environment," confides Pablo Roquel. He carves the jade pendant by hand in the shape of a maple leaf and details it with sterling silver. For the ancient Maya, jade was a sacred gem reserved for their deities and royalty.
.925 Sterling silver
Pablo works with jade and silver to create beautiful jewelry. He feels inspired by the history of jade in Central America with its importance dating back to Maya times. He teaches anyone in his community who is interested in his techniques and how to work with Guatemalan jade.
In 1998, the government held a competition where artisans were invited to showcase their work, Pablo was awarded first place for his jewelry.
Pablo has been able to successfully grow his workshop and now creates jobs in his community to keep up with the demand for his designs.
Pablo Roquel has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100.
Pablo has three children and two of them are young enough to still need his support.
Pablo creates jobs in his community through the success of his work.
Pablo financially supports his children's education.