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At the recent Reciprocity Exhibition during New York Jewelry Week (NYCJW), the collaborative effort between international designers and a network of artisanal women miners from Peru stood out.
Hailing from the Madre de Dios region, this network distinguished itself by extracting gold without the use of mercury, offering impeccable traceability in its supply chain.
Lasting from November 15th to 17th, the event not only dazzled with collections crafted from responsibly sourced gold but also served as an educational platform. It highlighted the transformative potential of the jewelry industry in communities, especially those in remote areas like the Peruvian Amazon.
Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the Peruvian origin of the raw materials used in these works.
Among the talented designers involved in this initiative were names like Andrea José, Barbosa, Dana Bronfman, Delphine Leymarie, Iza by Silvia D'Avila, Kathryn the Younger, among others.
Their participation was crucial in this collaboration that began in 2019, thanks to the partnership between Peruvian jeweler Andrea José, the New York-based NGO Pure Earth, and the Peruvian company Casa Collab.
"The idea of reciprocity, within the context of this exhibition, is fundamental to how we, as designers, approach our practices. The purpose is the mutual benefit of all participants in the collaborative jewelry-making process, from the mine to the finished product," explained Andrea José, emphasizing the collaborative essence of the project.
The event was not just a showcase for jewelry but also a cultural gathering. Guests enjoyed a special reception with pisco, Peru's emblematic drink, served by the New York-based Peruvian restaurant Jora.
Additionally, Peruvian brands like Kuna and Amaru Superfoods supported the event with alpaca garments and Peruvian superfoods.
The Reciprocity exhibition, supported by PROMPERU's Commercial Office in New York and the Consulate General of Peru in New York, aims to redefine the supply chain in the jewelry industry toward a more sustainable future.
By bringing together miners, jewelers, and designers, responsible and transparent practices are promoted, celebrating the mutual benefits of these partnerships