Seashell Bone Necklace
Made in Haiti
by artisans preserving traditional techniques
Channel your inner mermaid with this necklace carved from ethically sourced bone. It pairs well with swimsuits or your favorite summer frock. Each purchase empowers artisans at Haiti Design Co.
Necklace | Fair Trade | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Approximately 34" string; 1" shell
- Materials: glass Czech beads and ethically gathered, hand-formed bone pendant.
- Care instructions: Clean and polish with a damp cloth. Avoid contact with water.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Haiti Design Co-op
Haiti Design Co-op is a community-based nonprofit that was founded in 2014 by Josh and Chandler Busby. The main mission behind the organization is to create sustainable development through design, training, and job creation; the nonprofit’s mantra comes from an old Haitian proverb that means “Many hands make the load light.” All of the artisans work together, and the organization and community development committee provide resources such as healthcare and educational seminars on leadership development training and mental health awareness.
Andre Paul Lefond leads and mentors a team of approximately 30 artisans within Haiti Design Co.’s Horn & Bone workshop, established in 2009. To begin the process, raw horns and materials are ethically and sustainably sourced. Next, they are heated over charcoal until softened and then moved to a cast iron press to be flattened, reheated, and molded. Each piece is thoroughly sanded, smoothed, polished, and sealed. Once complete, it is sent to Haiti Design Co.’s Jewelry Team, and the necklace is beaded together from start to finish.
Haiti, officially known as the Republic of Haiti, was the first state within the Caribbean to have gained independence. It was a Spanish colony after Christopher Columbus arrived on Hispaniola in 1492. Hayti, the Indian name for Haiti, means “land of the mountains,” and the country is located in the western one-third of the Hispaniola island. Common agriculture includes coffee, mangoes, rice, cocoa, and wood, while popular industries are textiles, cement, sugar refining, and flour milling. Copper, gold, marble, and hydropower are among the natural resources within the nation.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.