Let us take you on a journey to the highlands of southern Mexico, where Erika lives, to explore the process of mining and crafting Mexican amber.
Mexican amber is a natural gemstone made from tree resin that has been fossilized over millions of years. It is known for its warm honey and orange tones, and each piece is unique in shape and color.
The mining of Mexican amber takes place primarily in the state of Chiapas, where the amber is found in the hills and mountains. Artisans like Erika and her team carefully search for the highest quality amber by hand. They climb the hills and mountains and dig deep into the earth to extract the amber from its natural surroundings.
Once the raw amber is collected, it is cleaned, sorted, and processed into beautiful jewelry pieces. This is where the skill of the artisans comes into play. Using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation, Erika and her team transform the raw amber into stunning jewelry pieces. Each piece is carefully shaped, polished, and set to highlight its unique color and shape.
The crafting of Mexican amber jewelry is not only a beautiful art form, but it is also an important source of income for many families in the region. By supporting fair trade and working with skilled artisans like Erika, we are able to help preserve this traditional craft and support the communities that rely on it.
So the next time you wear a piece of Mexican amber jewelry, remember the journey it took to get to you - from the hills of Chiapas, to the skilled hands of artisans like Erika, to the final beautiful product you wear with pride.