- Fine Silver Care
- Karen Hill Tribe Silver
'Inspired by Nature, Created by Hand'.
The Karen hill peoples create these unique fine silver jewellery pieces, each one unique.
The Evie Necklace is a joy to wear. An easy fit with a stunning focal point. This pendant necklace has no clasps, just effortless jewellery and maximum impact.
The large focal disc bead is 4cm diameter and the textured finish adds dimension with a reflective quality to the silver.
Hanging on multiple strand, recycled nylon cord complete with interspaced beading. The necklace is tough wearing and dynamic.
The hand worked fine silver that the Karen artisans produce has a distinctive organic look, weight and feel all its own.
The Karen people live in harmony with the natural world. Working as subsistence farmers they have a very spiritual connection with their land. This connection is reflected in their designs and craftsmanship.
Every RainbowLife-Luna Tree customer has a special connection directly back to the Karen silversmith who created the piece.
Fine Karen hill tribe silver, 96-99% silver content.
A long necklace of 68 cm with an additional 12 cm drop from pendant.
Weighs approximately 20 grams
Presented in 100% plastic free and totally biodegradable packaging. The bags are made from bio film created from corn and potato starches.
The Karen artisans use fine silver which is 99.9% silver and usually between 96- 99%. Sterling silver, by comparison is 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper and other mixed metals.
The purity of Karen hill tribe fine silver means it will tarnish less quickly than sterling silver.
We recommend storing your jewellery in air tight containers away from sunlight in a cool dry place. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as hairspray, perfume and deodorant. Do not wear your jewellery when gardening, doing DIY, or bathing. Swimming pool chemicals will bring unwanted changes to the appearance of silver.
Clean your jewellery with a silver cleaning cloth. These are available from all high street jewellers and online merchants.
For a deeper clean, to remove bacteria, submerge your silver jewellery in warm water with a little washing up liquid. This is all that is required as a cleaning solution. Soak your silver for about 20 minutes in the solution and use a soft toothbrush to gently clean. Rinse in fresh clean water and pat dry before buffing with a silver cloth
The hand worked Karen Hill Tribe Fine Silver has a unique look, weight and feel and offers the wearer an intimate connection directly back to the silversmith who produces each item.
Each detailed silver component is painstakingly created by hand from fine silver. Luna Tree likes to use as much recycled silver as possible when they place orders. Silver can be reworked time and time again with no reduction in quality. Therefore, using recycled silver is the best ethical approach.
The silver is melted and moulded into ingots and then flattened into sheets. This is then cut, shaped, moulded, soldered and stamped into the finished item.
Each piece is totally unique due to the handcrafted nature. No two beads, pendant or ring is exactly the same, just shining out with stunningly beautiful handmade characteristics.
The silver can be worked with surprising speed due to the skills of craftsmanship and the purity of the silver. It can take several years of practice to become masterful in silversmithing.
All Luna Tree Jewellery is made in the village of Huay Dtom (pronounced Hoy Tum) which is situated in Lampang Province of Northern Thailand, South East of Chiang Mai.
A village elder from Huay Dtom was one of the original people to receive direct training to assist in the elevation of his silversmithing skills during a Royal Thai government initiative. He subsequently taught others within the village to become master silversmiths with skills now being passed down through generations.
Many of the families in Huay Dtom are involved with silver production. Everyone has their own family based creativity with designs, working methods and techniques. No family of silversmiths replicates another’s and the village silversmithing is run as an ethical cooperative social enterprise.
Luna Tree was established in 2007 by Clare McCormack.
Clare’s career path after graduating from art college took her into retail management and to the role of a buyer for a Fair Trade homewares and gift company, travelling extensively through South East Asia and West Africa. It was during these buying trips that contact with the silversmiths was established. Luna Tree continues to work with the same community today.
Clare works closely on the designs with the silversmiths on her visits to Thailand. Many designs are pure Clare. Some designs are a mix of Clare’s ideas and the silversmith’s creativity. While some are pure Karen Hill Tribe designs. Not quashing their creativity is something which is important to the central focus of the business, along with the Fair Trade ethics on which Luna Tree is run.
Nature is the consistent source of inspiration for the jewellery, both for Clare and for the silversmiths.
Ethics are extremely important to Clare and form the very foundation on which the business is built.
Luna Tree is a registered member of BAFTS. BAFTS is the network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to promoting Fair Trade retail in the UK. Luna Tree is recognised as an Importer of fairly traded goods.
They work on a basis of total transparency from the producers to customers, creating a personal link from one end of the chain to the other. Working directly with their silversmith community ensures the shortest possible supply chain.
Luna Tree has been registered continuously with BAFTS since 2009