Silver Agadez Cross Necklace

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Silver Agadez Cross Necklace

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This necklace was handmade in Niger, West Africa by our friend, Ali.  The Agadez Cross has long been produced by the Tuareg ethnic group as a symbol of their nomadic roots.  Ali has described it as the "Tuareg identity card" and explained to us that a parent will give their child an Agadez cross on their 15th birthday to encourage them to explore the world and find their true north.  

The cross is made of a local silver blend and because these are made by hand (really!) there will be minor variations that add to the uniqueness of each piece. All of the findings (fancy word for parts used in making jewelry) are from Niger. 

Our artisan partner Ali is committed to ethical practices and is just as excited about education as we are.  With the profits that he makes, he is saving money to improve the school that his children attend near Agadez, Niger. Our portion of the profits goes directly into the Three Sisters Education Fund.

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My husband and I first met Ali in 2010 when we were on vacation in Grand Popo, Benin.  He was sitting on a mat on the beach selling his items.  We bought some animal figurines for the kids (those are still in their rooms today).  So when we revisited Grand Popo this year, we were excited to see Ali again! We are excited to collaborate with him on future items.

 Ali travels between Niger and Benin just about once a month. His family lives in Niger and his business is in Benin. He sent us this photo last month of a place where ceremonies are held. Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors.

Ali travels between Niger and Benin just about once a month. His family lives in Niger and his business is in Benin. He sent us this photo last month of a place where ceremonies are held. Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors.

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The school Ali's kids attend near Agadez, Niger.