Once you take a closer look at the mining industry you quickly realize, that we have a lot to catch up on regarding transparency, social standards and environmental protection. We decided to tackle this issue by creating transparency over the source of our minerals and carefully selecting the partners we work with. Change the mining industry with us one jewelry at the time <3
Recycled Colombian Gold
Our gold plating uses high quality 24K gold from certified legitimate mines in Colombia. We are currently working on using 100% certified recycled gold and prototypes for 10K solid gold jewelry with 100% certified recycled gold from Colimbia. Solid 10K gold jewelry is extremely durable and will last a lifetime - stay tuned!
Gold has played an important role throughout Colombia's history due to it's plentiful natural resources. Ancient Latin American cultures like the Incas are known for their fascination with gold, not to mention the mystery of El Dorado which is unsolved to this day. This heritage shows in the great number of professional gold smiths and jewelers in Colombia today.
Recycled Colombian Silver
Currently we use recycled 925 silver from Colombia with gold plating to make our jewelry more affordable for our customers. Silver is a very durable material and (just like gold) requires special training and high temperatures to craft jewelry.
We are currently working on a new partnership to use recycled silver cutlery from Colombia for future collections. We want to be part of the solution, reduce waste and create beautiful jewelry with sustainable materials.
Join our recycling revolution!
We use recycled materials to improve the environmental impact of our jewelry and build a business that is more sustainable than industry standards. We always explore new opportunities to use recycled materials and want to invite you to donate your old gold and silver jewelry so we can craft beautiful new jewelry with it. Send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a free shipping label and a 20€ gift card for your next jewelry purchase!
Raw Crystals from South America
Alma Amazona jewelry is truly unique because we use raw crystals to highlight their natural shapes and colors. We use high grade crystals and select the most beautiful ones in their natural shape. We simply soften their rough edges and if necessary split them if we need smaller sizes. Many times we use the residue of bigger crystals in our smaller designs.
In traditional jewelry making the process to cut gemstones in perfect shape requires tools, energy and creates waste that cannot be recycled. Gemstone processing commonly happens in developing countries with little to no protective measures for the workers and poor payment. We skip all of this and significantly improve the environmental and social impact of our jewelry compared to industry standards.
Transparency is very important to us. We worked very hard on finding local partners in Colombia who work directly with the mines and therefore know the origin of the crystals. Our partners source all of our crystals from Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil:
- Rock Crystal (transparent), Colombia
- Amethyst (lavender), Uruguay
- Citrine (amber), Uruguay
- Aquamarine (turquoise), Brazil
- Rose Quartz (rose), Brazil
Crystal Chemistry: The footprint of evolution
Crystals (or gemstones) have evolved along with our earth and are more or less a chemical footprint of evolution. Their beautiful appearance today was created by the distinct amount of pressure and their mineral content. The heart of a crystal is the atom and its particles, which rotate around the center. Although a crystal looks calm on the outside, it is actually a bubbling mass of molecules that vibrates at a certain frequency. The crystalline structure can absorb, conserve, focus and radiate energy, especially in the electromagnetic waveband. Crystals are piezoelectric, which means they can generate electricity and light under pressure, which is used in modern medicine, for example, in ultrasound equipment.
Crystal Properties: Which crystal is right for you?
Crystals have been used for thousands of years to create balance through resonance and vibration - this attribute is also said to have healing properties. If you want to take advantage of these properties, you can find the attributes that are associated with each crystal here. If your favorite crystal is not included here, just contact us and we will see what we can do :)
Amethyst is said to be a very powerful and protective crystal. It is said to calm, protect against mental attacks, and counteract stress and negative environmental energies. Amethyst is said to balance highs and lows and promote emotional centering. It is also said to open intuition and promote spiritual awareness.
Citrine is said to carry the power of the sun and strengthen regeneration. It is said to be warming, energizing and creative and to promote joy in life. It is said to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, improve motivation and help develop a positive attitude. Citrine is said to promote concentration and inner peace and dissolve negative energy. The citrine itself does not need to be energetically cleansed.
Aquamarine is said to be the crystal of courage and it soothes fears. It's said to have calming energies that reduce stress and quiet the mind. It is said to support when you feel overwhelmed and encourage to take responsibility for yourself as well as breaking self-defeating programs. Aquamarine is said to sharpen the intellect, clear up confusion and bring unfinished business to a conclusion.
Rose quartz is said to be the most important crystal for the heart. It is said to purify it and open it on all levels. It is also said to bring deep inner self-love and peace. In relationships it is said to strengthen trust and harmony and promote unconditional love. Rose quartz is said to strengthen empathy, sensitivity and positive affirmations. It is also said to strengthen self-confidence and self-esteem and encourage self-forgiveness and acceptance.
Rock crystal is said to be the most powerful energy amplifier on earth. It is said to absorb, store, regulate and release energy. Rock crystal is said to act as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the spirit and harmonizing all chakras. Also, rock crystal is said to increase mental abilities and filter out distractions in meditation. On a mental level, it is said to enhance concentration and stimulate memory.
Crystal Energy: How to cleanse your crystals
If you want to take advantage of the energetic effects of your crystals, we recommend that you regularly energetically cleanse your rock crystal, rose quartz and amethyst jewelry. Citrine is one of the few self-cleaning crystals. Depending on your preference, you can do this in the following ways, for example:
- Water: hold your crystals under running water for a few minutes and then gently dry them with a clean, dry cloth. Voilá!
- Moonlight: Put your crystals in the moonlight for a few hours, it is said to work especially well with the full moon. Here you need good timing and the right place for your crystals.
- Meditation: In your meditation, visualize the energetic cleansing of the crystals while holding them in your hands.
Source: J. Hall, The Crystal Bible