This stunning lightweight necklace features delicate pearly white capiz, which is the thin shell of a marine mollusk. Artisans first wash and soak shells and then after they are dried they cut the shells into shapes and edge them with metal wire. A finishing coat of varnish is then added to complete this labor-intensive process, which yields a beautiful result. Pair it with matching earrings.
Fun fact: capiz was typically used for windows in houses before glass windows became available in the Philippines, where this necklace was made.
About Ten Thousand Villages
For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has served as a fair trade retailer, working with more than 130 artisan groups from nearly 40 countries. It has pioneered the fair trade industry to help break the cycle of poverty.
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