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Culture-Cross features unique collections from across the globe. Check it out!


Last updated on Oct 1, 2020

💗💗 October SALE! 10% OFF the entire shop! 😎😎

Culture-Cross features unique collections from across the globe. Check it out!


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About CultureCross

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A Cross-Cultural Dream Come True!

We are avid travelers always in search of an adventure!
Ben Chaffee and Alex Zinn have traveled and lived across the globe. As students, teachers, backpackers and art enthusiasts and collectors. From these experiences, Ben and Alex have developed relationships with communities and artists in many remote and culturally rich regions of the world. Their business Culture Cross works primarily with communities in Nepal, India and Southeast Asia.

In Nepal, Culture Cross works with the Tibetan communities. Tibetan people have always lived along the trade routes between Tibet and India. But when China invaded Tibet, a wave of Tibetan refugees flooded into the Nepali Himalayas. Culture Cross collects vintage art and hand crafted Tibetan jewelry from this community and in doing so supports a fragile community with a rich cultural heritage. Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 Culture Cross raised over $20,000 to support aid efforts with an specific emphasis on rebuilding schools in the Kathmandu Valley.

In India, Culture Cross works with the tribal artisans from the desert villages of Rajasthan. These communities have been hand crafting jewelry and crafts with inlaid semiprecious stones since ancient times. Most of the themes of these pieces are spiritual, incorporating elements of South Asian folk lore and spirituality with Western motifs. Many symbols used, such as sacred geometry, can be found in the art of many religions across the world.

In Southeast Asia, Culture Cross works with the Hmong (Miao) communities. These communities live mostly in remote hill top villages across Laos, Vietnam and China where they live their traditional way of life and celebrate their ancient culture. Their jewelry plays a very important role in their shamanic belief system. According to the Hmong, their is a spirit world and a physical world which sometimes overlap. They believe that silver has the ability to bridge these two worlds. Elaborate silver jewelry is worn during ceremonies to help them communicate with their ancestors and bring good luck, or ward off misfortune. The jewelry from the Hmong is imbued with intrinsic cultural value that is evident by the style and feel of each jewelry piece.

Ben and Alex travel every year to meet with their friends in Nepal, India. Southeast Asia and other regions of the world. Every year there is something new that they found from each of these unique cultures. So be sure to follow Culture Cross and check back in often. You might just find yourself in an unexpected adventure.

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  • Ben Chaffee

    Owner, Curator, Collector, Curator, Traveller, Nomad

    Ben is an avid adventure travel enthusiast and tribal jewelry collector. Through his firsthand experience, Ben explores the rich heritage of Southeast Asian tribal culture to bring the best of tribal art to enthusiasts around the world.

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Last updated on October 14, 2016
Welcome to Culture-Cross Jewerly and Crafts!

We travel the world hand selecting tribal jewelry, turquoise jewelry and hand woven textile art.
Take a look around. And if you every have any questions, feel free to contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

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Returns and exchanges
We are sure you will love your purchase from us! If you have any concerns with your product, we are always open to exchange or refunds. Please contact us directly for details.
All taxes are included in the listed price.

We accept Paypal or secure credit card payment over the phone, fax or email.
We generally ship in 1-4 business days. If we are late to ship then we usually add a free gift to the order.
Domestic orders usually arrive 3-5 days after order is shipped (so 4-9 days after order is placed)
International orders usually arrive 5-10 days after order is shipped (so 6-14 days after order is placed)

**Please contact us if shipping takes longer than you expected!**
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Contact us about wholesale and consignment opportunities.