Lapidary Stones set in Fine Pewter Silver; No Nickel, No Lead, No Cadmium, No Zinc. Earring pair comes with Hypo-allergenic surgical ear wires.
3.7 cm = 1.45 in
Tech Museum Award Nomination 2004
"We are proud to announce that Artcamp
has been nominated for the Tech Museum Award
Artcamp SC de RL “Artesanas Campesinas”
is our rural womans artisans cooperative of Tecalpulco
and Taxco Guerrero Mexico.
The local community has a long tradition
of successful cottage-industry handcraft jewelry production
going back to the 1970s
(with the advent of the abalone shell jewelry boom
that, at its apogee, employed upwards of 20,000 families)
and back to the 1940s
(when William Spratling established the modern silver jewelry industry in Taxco).
Artcamp is a continuing jewelry production enterprise struggling againnst the inundation
of the traditional markets of the Mexican craftspeople by chinese fashion jewelry
Still, and all, the women of Artcamp produce thousands of finished pieces every week.
The idea of the Artisan-Owned Direct Distribution Model
has been conceived and advanced. The AODDM is a method
for Producer Groups to jump Distributors to sell direct-to-market
Artcamp has always been 100 percent self-financed,
supporting itself from the proceeds of its production.
Handcrafts production in Mexico today is NOT good
business. It is impossible to make money with handcrafts
In 2002, Artcamp sponsored the donation of
valuable medical equipment to the local public
hospital and Artcamp has been ongoingly involved
in helping Tecalpulco solve serious water problems
The Taxco Hospital and Tecalpulco Water projects
are only two examples of the ways in which
Producer Groups donates its staff, computers, and
its communication infrastructure to serve the community."