Leather pendant necklace, 'Festival of Leaves' (Costa Rica)

A row of leaf-shaped pendants in autumnal shades line a bronze chain in this striking necklace from Costa Rica. Artisan Rebecca Zamora handcrafts each pendant from leather. The artisan gathers scraps from footwear and other leather goods factories to recycle them. This is her personal struggle against environmental contamination, revealing beauty and utility in materials that would otherwise be discarded.