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Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Sodalite Earrings, "Inca Waka"

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Teodoro Melendez and Family replicate Inca idols or wakas for the design of... more

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Teodoro Melendez and Family replicate Inca idols or wakas for the design of these earrings. Working with sterling silver, they craft the earrings by hand with sodalite beads.

.925 Sterling silver

  • 9 grams
  • 0.32 oz
  • 7.4 cm L x 3.5 cm W
  • 2.9" L x 1.4" W

  • Sterling silver and sodalite
  • Natural stone - some variations in color and/or pattern are to be expected
  • Hook earrings
  • Combination finish
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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  • Free Jewelry Packaging? Yes
  • Premium Jewelry Gift Box? Yes

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83

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02/03/2020

"Return: Not suitable For Me"

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Inka Waka, earrings are larger than I realized when I put in the order. Can wear large earrings depending on the design. However, the Inka Waka also have long length and a stylized design that makes coordinating with most outfits difficult. The earrings look like costume jewelry, probably because in order to make them comfortable too wear they are not solid, are thin with a dark coloring on the back. Decide to return.

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Inca Waka, Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Sodalite Earrings

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Verified Reviewer

04/12/2021

"Simplicity is beautiful"

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This earring set goes well with bracelets and necklaces that I purchased last year.

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03/28/2021

"Sky Blue Beauty"

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Simple and casual. Like borrowing a little piece of the sky. Lovely color. Lightweight.

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Sky Blue

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Eva

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02/01/2021

"Very opulent necklace"

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Stunning and beautiful piece that will be forever a cherished heirloom.

Best Uses

  • with every day wear
  • best for every day

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From MEMPHIS

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11/22/2020

"My new favorites"

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These earrings are so perfect. Perfect size-perfect color. Perfect little chunks of perfection. The silver is beautiful and the workmanship is wonderful So glad I bought these. My husband said they light up my face. Not a bad compliment for earrings.

Best Uses

  • Any occasion!

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Verified Reviewer

11/10/2020

"fantastic workmanship"

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Smaller beads than I anticipated but beautiful work

Best Uses

  • Dressy with a business suit or even jeans
  • Elegant work suite

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Teodoro’s eight children are grown and he now has 20 grandchildren. During difficult economic times, he assists with his grandchildren’s education.

Exposed to the unique designs of pre-Hispanic culture by his father, an archeologist and museum curator, Teodoro turned his interest into a livelihood. He learned the hammering, stamping, burning and casting techniques of early craftsmen, using them to create unique jewelry steeped in the culture of ancient Peru. Through his family workshop, he continues to pass these techniques to other artisans. Teodoro has dedicated his life’s work to perpetuating pre-Hispanic jewelry design and production techniques, many of which he was introduced to by Victor Larco, the founder of the Pre-Columbian Museum in Lima.

In his ninth decade of life, Teodoro is no longer able to work and often requires assistance with walking and daily activities. His son and daughter now care for him. In spite of his poor health, he continues to spend time at his workshop, inspiring and guiding the creation of the art he has dedicated his life to.

Teodoro Melendez and Family has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $300 and the most recent for $1500. Proceeds were used to purchase materials such as silver for his work.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

 
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