Our clay beads are hand rolled, making each one unique and a small piece of art. The clay is dug by hand from natural deposits in Haiti’s central plateau. The raw clay is then broken into a fine powder and the impurities are sifted out. The powdered clay is mixed with water and then dried on a plater to remove excess moisture. Skilled artisans roll these clay beads in a variety of sizes and shapes, then each piece is hand-painted with glaze. The finished pieces are fired in a kiln which transforms the raw clay to permanent ceramic, and the raw glazes to brightly-colored glass. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with 80% of its citizens living below the poverty threshold. Jobs are few and far between. Despite the challenges, the people of Haiti are full of joy and full of hope. We believe the best solution to help people rise out of systemic poverty is the creation of job opportunities - opportunities that will allow the people of Haiti to provide for their families and create security.
Béljoy creates jobs and works with the Haitian people to develop their skills in a way that is dignified, significant, and profitable to the artisans. We also look for opportunities to support the communities our artisans belong to through education, medical needs, microloans, and more. With a heartbeat for families, our hope is to see the people of Haiti flourish. Béljoy is so much more than jewelry; it is a movement that is restoring dignity and inspiring change. Every purchase made directly affects lives in Haiti and increases the opportunity to bless others.
We are committed to the local sourcing of jewelry components like clay, paper beads, and horn. This makes Béljoy jewelry unique, beautiful, and meaningful to the artisans and to those who wear it. The use of locally sourced elements also enables us to support other Haitian artisans.
Béljoy collaborates with Haiti Made, an entity of Hands and Feet Project, to support our in-country production. We invite you to contact us about visiting our production site in Gressier, next to Haiti Made Cafe where you can watch Béljoy pieces being handcrafted!
As always, at least 10% of the profits from Elegance Restored are donated towards funding adoptions.