Our Story

Welcome to our Family

Culture-Cross is a unique collaboration between international designers, indigenous tribal communities and craftspeople, philanthropists, development and aid groups, and of course... appreciators of quality cultural art and jewelry. 

Culture-Cross founders Ben Chaffee and Alex Zinn developed the business while working as teachers in communities across Asia. With unique access to remote communities, Ben and Alex developed Culture Cross as a practical way to support sustainable income and cultural preservation. Culture-Cross grew with an acquired sense of timeless style and design. Traditional designs found common ground with Western taste and new styles were developed based on ancient designs. Culture Cross today represents a wide range of cultural jewelry, from the high Himalayas to the jungles of the Maya. 

The final connection that makes this collaboration possible is you. We hope Culture Cross may be a journey of exploration and discovery. We hope you will enjoy this journey we share together. Welcome.

Culture-Cross International Charity

Committed to international aid and development

Our mission: To utilize our network of international artists and communities to directly support the worlds most vulnerable and disaster stricken people.

Following the catastrophic Earthquake in Nepal in 2015, Culture-Cross communicated directly with the Tibetan artist community in the Kathmandu Valley and immediately mobilized a desperately needed emergency aid package of $10,000. This relief package went directly to help disaster victims in Nepal

Culture-Cross continues to support the rebuilding effort in the Kathmandu Valley.