Luna Tree

Brand:  Luna Tree
Material:  Silver
Thai tribe:  Karen



Silver earrings star shape

Price:  £10.00
These 99.9% silver earrings are hand made and decorated by Karen tribe silversmiths in Northern Thailand.

The stars measure approx 2cm across and are on silver ear-wires.

Design:  

Handcrafted silver jewellery is created for Luna Tree Jewellery exclusively by one community of Karen Hill Tribe silversmiths…..

Traditionally silver jewellery has been used as a store of wealth and as a means of adornment and beautification for the Hill Tribes of Thailand and the surrounding areas. Silver jewellery proudly worn enhances their financial security, signifies wealth, status and spirituality within the tribe. The Hill Tribe’s still use some silver in place of paper money occasionally, preferring something they consider retains its true value. On special occasions such as a birth or marriage silver is used for gifts and dowries. Each detailed component is painstakingly created by hand from 99.9% silver. This is flattened into sheets, which is then cut, shaped, moulded, soldered and stamped into the finished item. Each piece is totally unique due to the handcrafted nature. No two beads, pendant or ring is exactly the same, just shinning out with stunningly beautiful handmade characteristics.

Silver Production
Fine silver, being soft and can be worked with surprising speed due to the skills of craftsmanship and the purity of the silver. Sterling silver in comparison is 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper and a few other trace metals, which gives it a harder finish, only enabled to work by machine rather than hand tools. The purity of the Hill Tribe silver means it will tarnish less quickly than sterling and will need less regular polishing to retain its appeal. The hand worked Hill Tribe Fine silver has a look, weight and feel all its own and offers the wearer an intimate connection directly back to the silversmith who produces each item. The inspiration for all the designs of the jewellery comes from nature. The Karen people live close to the natural world working as subsistence farmers and have a very spiritual connection with their land.



We are confident that you will be delighted with your purchase, however to ensure that you are completely satisfied All's Fair offers a "no quibbles" 28-day returns policy.

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason then you can return it to us for a refund or replacement.

For more details see our Returns & Refunds page.

Royal Mail 1st Class delivery costs £3 in the UK for orders up to £10 and is free for orders over £10

Non-UK Customers:

Customers outside of the UK will have their order shipped by Royal Mail's International Standard service. The cost for delivery depends on the weight of the goods you are purchasing, and ranges from £2.00 to £8.00 per item - you can see the exact cost of shipping in the Shopping Basket before you checkout.

Non-UK customers have the option to upgrade the delivery service to Royal Mail's 'International Tracked & Signed' or 'International Signed' service, for an additional fee of £5.50.

Estimated delivery times are 3 to 5 working days to Europe, and up to 7 working days for the Rest of the World.

The silversmiths of our producer village are highly creative individuals, we visit the village annually to work on new designs with them and to place orders. We can also order remotely for products we already carry. Our silversmiths enjoy the challenge of working in partnership with Luna Tree Jewellery on new pieces, by sharing ideas we can collectively establish innovation and fresh exciting products with every order placed.

Huay Dtom (pronounced Hoy Tum) situated in Lampang Province of Northern Thailand, South East of Chiang Mai is the village which produces all the silver for Luna Tree Jewellery. The residents of Huay Dtom are Karen Hill Tribe people who form the largest Hill Tribe group of Thailand. The village is large and well established, with approximately 200 families residing there. About a third of the families are involved with silver production and each family is expert in one style of design each; one family will produce only flower designs, another will do fish designs etc. The women of Huay Dtom are also prolific weavers, producing the finest quality cloth on simple back strap looms to make their traditional clothing with, and more recently, other items such as scarves, bags etc which are sold within the markets and bazaars of Chiang Mai.

All the children of Huay Dtom attend school within the village between the ages of 7-15. The school was built by the Thai government about twenty years ago and the resources here are all government funded. If the children wish to continue their studies after school leaving age they have to pay fees and travel away from the village. The income generated from silver production can help them to achieve this should they wish to do so.

Most of the village can speak Thai fluently but prefer to speak their traditional Karen dialect within the village. The Karen are very proud of their culture and heritage and despite their assimilation into Thai society over the last few centuries they continue to hold on to their way of life against the odds.

We are a small home based business.

We keep all stock at home, so when you place an order, we don't have to travel to collect or package your items. It's all done in our home office.

We package the majority of our goods in recycled plastic mailing bags. Originally we started doing this to protect against rainwater, but now it means you have the option to disinfect the package when it arrives in your home.

We have been strictly observing the government's advice and have been socially distancing - staying in apart from for essential trips - since 16 March.

As far as we can be sure, nobody who lives in or has visited our home has been ill since the outbreak hit the UK.

We use the Royal Mail and very occasionally Parcelforce for deliveries. We have a "Drop & Go" account so we don't have to wait in line or get within 2 metres of anyone when we post out your goods. As long as our local post offices are open, and we remain well, we will get your orders out. Like a lot of essential services, the Royal Mail is under pressure with staff self-isolating, so your parcel may not arrive as quickly as you would normally expect, None of this is normal, but we'll get through it together.

Artisans and producers in low income countries rely on fair trade to support their families. Fair trade has helped build some resilience into the communities we help in the form of better hygiene and sanitation, better nutrition and healthcare support. Most of the countries where our goods originate have banned exports and imports to limit the spread of the virus. This means workers are unable to get their work to us, and in some cases their workshops are closed. Our suppliers are continuing to pay for and place orders to keep their producers going through what we hope is a very short-lived period in our lives. In contrast, high street fashion companies in the UK have cancelled $1.5bn in orders with garment factories in Bangladesh, putting thousands of low paid women out of work.

The need for fair trade has never been clearer. Thank you for your support and stay safe and well.

 

 


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