Leaf Necklace in Sterling Silver
Our silver leaf necklace design is taken straight from Mother Nature! We have handcrafted this silver pendant from sterling silver which is also known as 925 silver.
We first start by smelting the silver, rolling it out into a sheet and then cut the leaf shape out. This basic leaf template is then shaped using forging methods that haven't' changed for thousands of years. Once shaped into the leaf we use a mini drill tool to texture the entire surface to mimic the fine little hairs you see on some leaves. After that, we hand engrave the little lines to mimic the veins on the leaf.
The final stage is to forge the wire from which we make the long wire that forms the center stem of the leaf and the ring from which we can hang the leaf. A jump ring is also made that we will use to hang the pendant on the necklace.
The total length of the pendant is approximately 2.5 cm or 1 inch.
We provide free gift packaging in our sisal and ilala palm baskets. These tiny basket weave boxes are bought from women from various groups in the rural areas (mostly in the Matobo, Lupane and Dete Areas of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe). The goal of these women's groups is to ensure that these women can be self-sustaining. So $3 USD from every purchase goes to either the ladies who make the baskets or their women's groups.