The artisans we work with in Guatemala are simply amazing. Their products are highly valued due to the incredible detail and workmanship they bring to each piece. Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The handiwork of the Guatemalan people is world renowned. The intricately designed patterns and the exquisite quality of their jewelry and accessories is highly prized. The women of the highland villages of Guatemala learn the traditional beading techniques which they then pass down to their children. They work to earn extra income for their families and in several cases are the sole providers of the household.
One of our most popular items is the Capullo Bracelet made using Guatemalan beadwork techniques. Truly unique and beautiful, these bracelets feature a hand-woven base of Czech seed beads, richly embellished with an assortment of glass beads and semi-precious stone chips. Our Capullo bracelets come in a variety of gorgeous colors to match any wardrobe. This bracelet fits securely with a strong, hidden magnetic clasp. The unique magnetic clasp makes this bracelet easy to put on and off but is strong enough to hold securely when worn. The colors are vibrant and these bracelets will be treasured as true works of art.
World Elephant Day has arrived! On August 12, 2012 the first World Elephant Day was launched to draw attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures all over the world, yet we are dangerously close to losing this magnificent animal forever. Since 2012, strides have been made to educate people about the escalation of poaching, habitat loss and elephant mistreatment in captivity. On this special day, we need to celebrate the elephant and learn about ways to help protect these beautiful animals. Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair says it well: “We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.” Here are some sobering facts:
- The Asian Elephant is considered endangered with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide
- The African Elephant is considered threatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide
- The Asian and African elephant are two different species and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed
- 2013 saw the greatest quantity of ivory confiscated in the last 25 years
- The main market for illegal ivory is China, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000-$200,000
- Asian elephants range in 14 countries. In the past 50 years, the Asian elephant range has shrunk by over 70%
- In Asia, there are approximately 70,000 people to 1 elephant across their range
- There were over 100,000 elephants in Thailand at the beginning of last century. There are less than 4000 today.
- One out of every three Asian elephants left in the world is a captive animal
Here are some positive things you can do:
- Support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products
- Support organizations that are protecting wild elephant habitat
- Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit
- Support healthy, alternative, sustainable livelihoods for people who have traditionally relied on elephants
- Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products
- Be aware of elephant habitat – do not buy coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephant habitats.
- Educate people about elephants
- Use your love of elephants and World Elephant Day, August 12, to start a conversation with the next person you meet.
To celebrate the magnificent elephant, lifehearthome.com is proud to spotlight our beautiful collection of elephant themed products featuring our stunning Kate Mesta elephant necklace. You might also enjoy the cute zipper pull from Thailand or the beaded elephant keychain from Guatemala.
by Cathieposted in Unique and Memorable
The month of August means many things to many people. It signifies the end of summer for many students returning to school; a month to travel for many vacationers; and it is becoming known as one of the most amazing months to witness the wonders of our universe. This August boasts many astronomical phenomena to thrill star-gazers of all ages. Among these awesome sights is the Perseid meteor shower, a supermoon and the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus.
Many of you probably noticed our exceptionally large and bright full moon yesterday. This ‘Supermoon’ is defined as a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. Yesterday was the 4th supermoon of 2014 and the closest occurrence of the year. Hopefully, you were all able to experience the beauty of this sight. The only downside of this event is that it is coinciding with the Perseid meteor shower but you might still be able to see some of the shower by viewing between midnight and dawn and staying away from city lights.
The Perseid meteors can be seen every August because that is when Earth crosses the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris from this comet vaporizes in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and the result lights up the night sky with streaking Perseid meteors. This meteor shower lasts several days and will peak during the nights of August 11-13. At its peak, the shower consists of 50-100 meteors per hour.
The final cool astronomical event happening this August is the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. People in the eastern United States will be able to enjoy a rare occurrence when these two planets will be only 12 arc minutes apart, which is less than half the width of the full moon. That’s under half the width of your little finger held out at arm’s length. If you are in a favorable location simply look eastward an hour or more before sunrise, starting in the days before mid-August. If you watch every morning, you will notice that Jupiter will edge closer and closer to Venus until they reach their closest on August 18th.
If you enjoy astronomy, then you will love our beautiful Mova globes. Each Mova globe is not only a stunning piece of art but as you take it out of the box you understand that it is not your typical globe. As the ambient light in the room shines on the globe you will begin to notice that it actually spins! Right in your hand or on the desk or anywhere there is light. There are no batteries or cords to plug in – this globe will silently spin as long as there is even a small amount of light in the room. Check out the amazing Jupiter and Venus planet globes and all the other globes in our collection!
From Native American legends to Harry Potter, the owl has always played an important role in history and literature. In Greek mythology, the owl is sacred to Athena, the goddess of learning and is also depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and wealth. Native Americans associated the owl with wisdom, foresight and as the keeper of sacred knowledge. West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed the owl as a messenger of secrets and as the companion to seers and mystics. In medieval times, it was thought that owls were actually witches or wizards in disguise and even today, the owl is considered to be a witch’s familiar or an animal soul linked to a spiritual person. The owl has fascinated us for centuries. Its unusual characteristics and amazing beauty make it the center figure of many legend and campfire story. Just the mention of this nocturnal animal brings many images to mind from the wise owl in Winnie the Pooh to the cartoon owl who would answer that memorable question “Just how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?”
We want to celebrate this beautiful and mysterious nocturnal animal with our very special Owl Collection! This collection features several items among the most unique are the backpack and zipper pull made with traditional Hmong designs. These items are part of our fair trade gift selection from Thailand and feature beautiful Hmong fabric work and vibrant colors. We also have two wonderful carved pieces from India; a wooden labyrinth game in a cute owl shape and also a beautifully carved owl puzzle box. Finally, we have included the wonderful Bohemian Owl Necklace by Kate Mesta. Get in on the “owl” trend with this cool bohemian inspired necklace featuring a beautiful silver owl. The owl signifies wisdom and intelligence which makes this necklace a perfect gift for someone who values these qualities. A stunning addition to your jewelry collection or a amazing gift for a loved one. These dogtag necklaces are very popular and are worn by many celebrities.
So whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one with a special fondness for owls, you should definitely check out this wonderful collection brought to you by lifehearthome.com.
The cuff bracelet has a long and rich history. Very popular in many civilizations including Egyptian, Mayan and Roman, the cuff was a staple of the wardrobe especially of royalty and other important figures in these cultures. It was a piece of jewelry known for its dramatic appearance and was traditionally adorned using various types of metals, jewels and designs.
Today, just as in ancient times, the right piece of jewelry can say a lot about the person wearing it. When you find a bracelet that grabs your attention, you owe it to yourself to add it to your jewelry collection. The hand made bracelets in our Anju Collection are dramatic in appearance and just plain fun to wear! Anju designs each piece using a base of stainless steel and adding design elements in brass and copper. The designs are as varied as the woman who wear them. From flowers and swirls to stones and bangles, you should be able to find the perfect cuff for you! These bracelets are light in weight but the appearance is quite dramatic. Our Anju collection is created in India following fair trade practices. If you enjoy these hand made bracelets, also consider checking out the necklaces and earrings in our collection.