Our country is rich in minerals and has a great goldsmith tradition, which comes from beginnings of ancient Peru. It was precisely the pre-Inca cultures that defined Peru as one of the five metallurgical cradles of the world.

Inspired by this incredible legacy and by the beauty of Peruvian stones, which we managed to mesh almost naturally with our creative side, we decided to create SISSAI (2011), a unique Peruvian jewelry brand that rescues diverse elements to transform them into pieces that highlight the marvelous Peruvian goldsmith heritage, with a message and unique concept: iImposing and geometric strokes, style, elegance, freshness, Peruvian materials and the dedication of our craftsmen in each piece.

From the beginning of SISSAI, we’ve always had the vision of creating a company with a sustainable differential value and whose purpose was to generate development inside Peru. This is how we came to Fairmined[1], a certification that would allow us to contribute directly to the artisanal mining communities that have opted for the protection of the environment.

We obtained a license with Fairmined in 2016, becoming the first jewelry store in Peru to have certified gold and silver from responsible artisanal mining.

[1] Fairmined: International certification that guarantees environmental protection and dignified and safe working conditions, generating social and organizational development in artisanal miners and their communities.

At the beginning of 2018 we renewed our commitment to the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), betting on working with certified gold such as Fairmined Organic Gold. This was another step towards fulfilling our commitment to the development of responsible artisanal mining, along with the protection of the environment, thus allowing Peruvian artisans to find spaces where their talent can materialize and flourish.

Also, being aware that the role of women in the development of societies is fundamental, we have been working to find ways to train female artisans and provide spaces for them to develop their talents.

This year, together with ARM and Colorado School of Mines, we have implemented the first jewelry training workshop for women miners in Puno. Thanks to this workshop, we have contributed to the empowerment of the first group of women, the gold panners of Puno (named after the work they do)[2], giving them the opportunity to develop as people, increase their income and improve their and their families quality of life.

This has been a very important achievement for us as Peruvians and as a brand, which we hope can be replicated in different areas of our country, thus generating better opportunities for future generations.

[2] People who perform batting tasks, ie: washing the gold to separate it from the sands using mercury. The tamping machines identified by ARM are part of the cooperative center CECOMIP, in Puno.

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