Handmade Silver Bracelets

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Handmade Silver Bracelets

129.00

This set of interlocking silver bracelets was handmade in Niger, West Africa by our friend, Ali. His family is Tuareg, a semi-nomadic ethnic group known for their silversmithing. 

This bracelet is full of symbolism: Seven delicate bracelets signify the days of the week, and they are joined by a handmade silver clasp that signifies the interconnectedness of humanity to the earth. Small markings on three of the seven bracelets signify the wind blowing on the Sahara, which is how a Tuareg traveler would have found their way home in times past.   

The bracelets are 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.