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Men's Inspirational Leather Coconut Shell Pendant Necklace, 'Kan'

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Men's Inspirational Leather Coconut Shell Pendant Necklace, 'Kan'

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This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More

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The ancient Kan glyph represents the feathered serpent, creator of the universe, human evolution and spiritual development. The animal associated with Kan is the serpent.

"This collection is inspired by a desire to turn a natural catastrophe like the Pacaya volcanic eruptions into something creative," confide Fernando and David. "To this end, the Maya glyphs are perfect because they link our past with our present and future. They explore our connection with the cosmos." Carved of coconut shell, glyph is detailed with a mixture of volcanic ash and crystal resin. The hand-crafted pendant hangs from a sleek leather cord with sterling silver fixtures.

.925 Sterling silver

Made in Guatemala

  • Leather, coconut shell, volcanic ash, sterling silver clasp
  • S-hook or hook clasp
  • High polish finish
  • Free Jewelry Packaging? Yes
  • Premium Jewelry Gift Box? Yes
  • 6 grams
  • 0.21 oz
  • Cord: 45.72 cm L
  • Cord: 18" L
  • 3 mm W
  • 3 mm W
  • Pendant(s): 3.5 cm L x 2.5 cm W
  • Pendant(s): 1.4" L x 1" W
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Artfully crafted by Fernando and David from Central America.

 

Meet the Artist

Fernando and David

Fernando and David

5.0 (artist rating)

"To us, movement is about making the choices to improve the life of others."

Son of Guatemalan parents, David grew up in Los Angeles, while Fernando grew up in Guatemala. Both born in the 1970's,... they are each the children of artisans who specialized in different fields, and so they were brought up with a love and passion for design and artistic creativity. Eventually Fernando moved to Los Angeles, where he met David and they became partners in art, and in life.

"We were both seeking for meaning in our lives, something deeper. We realized we needed to abandon the comforts of life in the U.S. and return to Guatemala in search of purpose in our work," they confide.

On May 27 2010, the Pacaya Volcano emitted a powerful eruption, expelling debris and columns of ash up to 1500m high. Nearby villages were showered with ash and sand, including Guatemala City. On the morning of May 28th people awoke to thick coatings of ash on rooftops, streets and cars. The situation worsened with the arrival of tropical storm Agatha, which caused floods and landslides. Many families were left without a home.

Seeing the devastation around them, Fernando and David sought for a way to turn it into a constructive opportunity by looking for a way to help homeless families by generating resources.

"After Pacaya's last eruption we were sitting in front of a church and we were illuminated by the Lord with the idea of creating jewelry with the lava," recalls Fernando. "We started with the basics, we researched all the different techniques we could try out, as well as the materials that would combine with the lava."

"We work with volcano ash and coconut shell, which are materials that are relatively easy to obtain. We can get the coconuts from several places, like markets or at the beach, since they are sustainable," David explains.

Fernando and David have set up a workshop where they work alongside a group of artisans. They are involved in every step of the process, from designing to finding places to sell their products. They are committed to donating 15% of their earnings to a volunteer group that builds houses for those left homeless in the country’s rural areas.

Their dream is to see their workshop grow so they may offer work to more people in the community.

"I would like to have a workshop where we can craft more items, diversify my potential and so be in a position to create more job opportunities for the elderly," confides David.

"My dream is to become a better person. I hope to grow as a person and as an artist by improving my designs. I want to create more beautiful things and with them touch other people’s lives," confides Fernando.

"To us, movement is about making the choices to improve the life of others."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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HIPS

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WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

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Belt with buckle

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