On May 27, 2010, the Pacaya volcano erupted, followed by several tremors. At approximately 20:00 hours, there was a strong eruption, ejecting Lava, rocks, Fire and Ash.
In light of the sequence of events, we decided to turn this devastating act of nature into a constructive circumstance. We needed to find a way to generate resource to further assist the families who lost their homes. This is how our idea came into fruition.
From the very heart of the sacred Mayan land comes this beautiful collection called the “ MAYAN COLLECTION” The pieces of jewelry are made out of Lava and Coconut shell. It’s truly a collection that embraces the philosophy of the 2012 the beginning of a new ERA, a Rebirth of what is a positive source of energy. Beautifully handcrafted by Mayan hands, this unique collection was inspired from the Mayan culture in honor to mother earth , the biggest eruption in history of the volcano Pacaya located in Guatemala.
Pacaya is a popular tourist attraction. Pacaya lies 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Guatemala City and close to Antigua. The volcano sits inside the Escuintla Department. So far, the last activity reported has been the eruption that peaked on May 27, 2010, causing ash to rain down in Guatemala City, Antigua and Escuintla.
The Pacaya volcano is a part of the Central American Volcanic Arc, achain of volcanoes stretching from the northwest to the southeast along the Pacific coast of Central America, formed by the tectonic subduction of the Cocos Tectonic Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate. Pacaya lies on the southern edge of a sizable volcanic caldera formed in the Pleistocene age which contains Lago de Amatitlán. This caldera has been the source of at least nine very large explosions over the past 300,000 years, erupting a total of about 70 cubic kilometres (17 cu mi) of magma.
After the last caldera-forming eruption 23,000 years ago, several smaller vents within and around the caldera have seen eruptive activity. Pacaya is the largest post-caldera volcano, and has been one of Central America’s most active volcanoes over the last 500 years. It has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish conquest, producing basalt and basaltic andesite.
About 1,100 years ago, the volcano’s edifice collapsed, causing a huge landslide. Deposits from the landslide travelled about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from the volcano down to the Pacific coastal plain. The landslide left a large crater, within which the current active cone has grown. The presence of a magma chamber at shallow depths beneath Pacaya means that distortion of the cone leading to instability and future landslides remains a hazard to the surrounding areas. REFERENCE WIKIPEDIA
These jewels are all in homage to mother earth, the lava came from the very depth of our planet, from the very core that was there for millions of years and the end result are these beautiful gems that poses amazing energy. The elemental powers of fire and earth. These black lava rocks are a wonderful tool for the root chakra.They can be used for grounding,protection,healing and making a conection to the earth.they allow us to root scattered energies,find focus and bring balance to our center by embracing practicality.
In January, 2010 David Flores and Fernando de Leon decided to leave their cozy lifestyle in Los Angeles in search for a purpose. In need of a drastic change, they decided to pack their belongings and head for Guatemala. It was expected that the move would force them to start their lives over, and predicted the challenges ahead.On may 27Th 2010 the volcano Pacaya had the biggest eruption in history. Their purpose was recognized through their strength and faith on the morning of May 28, 2010.
DAVID FLORES (firstname.lastname@example.org) born and raised in California, with Guatemalan roots. Has previously worked in various luxury retail boutiques such as Gucci, Christian Dior, and Alexander McQueen as a Fashion Consultant and Stylist to the elite, as well as for a number of celebrities. David recently appeared on the style network, “A Second Chance” and styled for an episode on “Rachel’s Wedding”. In addition, David also led a successful party planning business for many years.
FERNANDO DE LEON (email@example.com) born and raised in Guatemala, has had several years of experience in high profile hotels including Sofitel in Los Angeles, and Montage in Beverly Hills.
Each piece from the Mayan rebirth collection were designed in collaboration by both Fernando and David. Their combined experiences culminated into the creation of the “ALL THE COLLECTIONS’’.
We searched the country for artisans who had the ability to turn this magnificent gift from nature into gems. Our entire collection is made from the lava . We created treasures out of the lava to honor Mother Nature and offer hope to the people of Guatemala.
To pay homage to Mother Earth, our designs evolve around the beauty of nature. This collection reveals a motif of beautifully hand carved coconut shell against the stunning black lava rock. Nature signifies life, which is very much alive within our concept.
This collection is a momentous reminder that nature is not just part of ourselves, but that we can live in balance with it.
This earth collection is done by mayan hands using techniques passed down from many generations, there are various artisans demonstrating their ability to create art out of the power of nature, that occurred and turned it into unique beautiful art.
This project has now generated income for these artisans, sustaining families and guaranteeing fair-tradevarious artisans.
We are partnering with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Guatemala, who rely on the involvement of volunteers to fight the common goal of eradicating poverty.
We donate 15% of our profits to HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Guatemala. In keeping with the same synergy, we are also working with local villages that are adjacent to the volcano, such as building playgrounds for the children, taking children that get the top grades to the movies to motivate and inspire them. Many other projects that will help the people that were affected.
As part of our growth, we will continue to work with local non-profit organizations, whose goal is to achieve long-term, sustainable change in the social structure.
Thanks to your support we are able to implement other social program’s such as this one. We wanted to share these images with you so you can see what this whole movement is all About.
This is a day at the movie’s these are children that got the top grades in their grade and were rewarded by taking them to the movies and to a luncheon, we know this sounds a little Simple but, these are children that their parents don’t have the means to really even take them anywhere.
So this is a way to show them the other face of their country, they can dream and be inspired. Each year we want to take more children around the adjacent villages and inspire and motivate them to continue with their education.
The Mayan rebirth Team