Alajas is a line of pearl and mother of pearl accessories that is designed in New York City and hand carved and rendered in small batches by skilled female artisans in Manila, Philippines. The brand aims to reintroduce the Philippine archipelago as the fabled Pearl of the Orient and is proudly owned and powered by women. The pearl and mother of pearl are sustainably sourced from oyster farms. Oyster farms naturally filter water by removing nitrogen and heavy metals from the water they live in, creating a natural bio-solution for polluted water.
The Philippines is a developing country where 90% of the population lives below the poverty line. However, where the country is poor in means, it is wealthy in natural resources. By promoting these beautiful resources, along with supporting local artisans, Alajas hopes to put the spotlight on the Philippines as a destination for quality goods in order to uplift the economic situation of the country and countrymen. Working with skilled female artisans supports their livelihood and adds additional streams of revenue for them to provide for their families.