What we love about this bracelet: The clay beads are hand rolled, making each one unique and a small piece of art. The clay is dug by hand from natural deposits in Haiti’s central plateau. The raw clay is then broken into a fine powder and the impurities are sifted out. the powdered clay is mixed with water and then dried on a plater to remove excess moisture. Skilled artisans roll these clay beads in a variety of sizes and shapes, then each piece is hand-painted with glaze. The finished pieces are fired in a kiln which transforms the raw clay to permanent ceramic, and the raw glazes to brightly-colored glass. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.
About the maker: Béljoy is a distinct line of handcrafted jewelry produced in the US by local artisans. From 2015 to May 2020, we empowered men and women in Haiti through jewelry making. Due to COVID-19 and political unrest, production in Haiti is on hold. Nevertheless, Béljoy remains committed to building homes for women and their families in Haiti and investing in children's education. The name Béljoy reflects the joy and beauty seen in the hearts and faces of the Haitian people. Bél means beautiful in Haiti's native language of Creole.
It is made of: handmade Haitian clay and brass
Here's how to care for it: • store jewelry in a cloth bag or small plastic zip lock • use a jewelry cloth to clean everyday oils off • avoid contact with chemicals such as hairspray, lotions, perfumes, etc.