Santa Fe, NM -- St. Elise Bazaar is introducing the work of a family-run artisan collective, Blanc De Noir, to its curated selection of high quality, handmade goods made by master artisans. The collection includes 17 styles of cuffs, necklaces, and earrings made from Fine Silver, which is purer than sterling silver. All pieces are crafted by hand by men and women in Laos.
In keeping with the other artisan groups that St Elise represents, Blanc de Noir is known for providing training to rural members of indigenous groups that have little to no other employment opportunities. Their earnings are life changing. Blanc de Noir also assists with childcare, housing, and education, no small feat in a country with a very low literacy rate. “Blanc De Noir artisans have been terribly impacted by loss of sales due to the pandemic, and we are looking forward to helping to bring their beautiful work to the wider world”, said founder Sandy Peinado.
The design of most of the pieces is based on a pattern once reserved for the Laos royal family. The Dok Phikoun flower, indigenous to Southeast Asia, is a motif that is believed to bring the wearer good luck, good health, and protection. The pieces come in a bright, natural silver finish as well as an antiqued patina that heightens the depth and craftsmanship of the silver.
By introducing the Blanc De Noir collection, St Elise Bazaar, continues its mission of promoting the skills and traditions of artisans around the world. The jewelry is available online, and in its showroom in Santa Fe, New Mexico.