Firefly provides employment and training in comfortable working conditions and fair wages to the indigenous people of Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala. The workshop employs over 80 skilled artisans both men and women. The indigenous people of the village are very skilled in their traditional arts; the women weave on the back strap loom and are skilled in embroidery. The men weave on foot looms and are skilled in making fishing nets.
We have taken many of the traditional skills and transformed them into jewelry making skills. The workshop is spacious and filled with skylights and windows, every artisan has their own work table and light. It is built around a plant and flower filled courtyard with the ever-vigilant terriers Ricky and Rocky around to greet the workers and roam the gardens.
The French ear wires are either sterling silver or gold fill. Posts are surgical steel. The Lever back earrings are on high quality Euro wires which are either antiqued brass or silver-plated antiqued brass. Bracelets are 7″ long. Necklaces are 16″ (17′ w, extension) unless otherwise noted. The necklaces are either made with silk thread, antiqued steel or antiqued brass chain.
The intricately embellished mosaics are inset with a combination of Swarovski crystals and various other materials. We are privileged to be integrating the worlds finest crystal into our designs. We love color here at Firefly. Swarovski Elements precision cut crystal comes in such a wide palette of innovative colors that it inspires our imagination when we plan out our new designs.
The findings used in the jewelry are brass that has been silver plated and then antiqued. Juan Carlos is always on the lookout for new materials and techniques to integrate into the Firefly line.