Malachite and Turquoise Theme Star Earrings; Lapidary Stones set in Fine Pewter Silver; No Nickel, No Lead, No Cadmium, No Zinc. Earring pair comes with Hypo-allergenic surgical ear wires.
2.4 cm = 0.94 inch
"A demand for the new Tecalpulco jewelry products built up,
as merchants sought source to replace sold product.
Taxco merchants, with access to retail and wholesale customers organized
orders for production by the villagers.
Buyers started flying into Mexico looking for the product.
Hundreds of families in Tecalpulco, Dolores, Taxco El Viejo,
Cerro Gordo, El Ejido Paintla, etc.
were supporting their needs by handcraft jewelry production.
In the eighties, Tecalpulco experienced a boom in demand
for its products and all the other villages in the area started making
alpaca abalone jewelry; also hundreds of shops in Taxco
turned to alpaca abalone shell jewelry production.
A vibrant wholesaler sector grew up in Taxco.
Some wholesaler families became quite wealthy on the strength
of the abalone shell jewelry boom that continued the entire decade.
Those humble, attractive shell mosaic inlays of Guerrero
gained worldwide acceptance and by the mid-1980′s
the alpaca abalone shell earring was handcrafted,
and the boom re-doubled, and it went on until it filled showcases and racks
in every last mall kiosk in New Jersey and Stockton, Vancouver
and Daytona Beach, Hawaii, South Africa, Chile, Germany, Japan
The beautiful shell mosaic handcraft of Guerrero
was everywhere in the world!
The nineteen-nineties: fashions changed
and the curtain rung down on the handcrafts of Guerrero.
The nineties didn’t want flowers or pretty things,
it wanted tattoos, virtual entertainment, and Nike
and the idea of handcrafted fashion jewelry disappeared from fashion
The tastes of more mature ladies who had ooh'ed and ahh'ed and had
collected abalone earrings transmuted into aromatherapy and crystals
and the magazine covers featured sleek white silver on their models.
At the same time, ferocious costume jewelry competition came in
from the Orient, taking over the traditional export and domestic markets
of the Mexican artisan. Every year the abalone jewelry was harder
to sell, and the buyer would pay less for it, than the year before.
Many local artisans gave up jewelrymaking,
still some don’t know how to do anything else;
a lot support their family on earnings from handwork;
however poorly paid, it is often
the only source of income for families.
Gradually the artisans were forced to abandon their homes
and the young and active ones have gone North as wetback labor.
Others, forced by the necessity of providing for their families,
have surrendered their miserable fate to the tombs of the mine."