For the trendy minimalist, the Carmen Sterling Bar Studs are a little bit thicker than you might be used to seeing. These earrings are simple yet stand out and look great being worn in various directions. Every single piece of this Fair Trade jewelry is made by hand. These are a true artisan feat and a treat for the ethical girl.
Fair Anita is a social enterprise that empowers women around the world through dignified jobs and fair trade relationships. They are working with 8,000+ (and counting!) talented women from across the globe to make fair trade jewelry and accessories you can be proud to wear and share with your friends. The concept for Fair Anita originated with their artisan partners in Peru, the country with the highest reported rate of domestic violence in the world at 70%. A steady income means a woman can potentially leave an abusive partner.
These earrings are made in a little workshop on the outskirts of Lima. The artisans here are creating some of the most high-quality sterling silver jewelry we've ever seen! They make every tiny piece by hand, including the tiny little earring backs. You can tell they're handmade when you compare two together and each one is stamped .925. This cooperative is managed by a team of women, and both men and women are involved in the making of the jewelry. Watching these artisans create the jewelry really is a treat-- it's amazing how they can create tiny pieces individually with such consistency. Artisans are paid 3x or more the minimum wage of Peru. They have a great, airy workshop and use primarily recycled sterling metal to create their products.