In the second in our two part series, we look at purposeful jewellery brands who are using promoting peace and goodwill through their products. Click here to read Part 1.
The special edition #TOGETHERBAND x Global Citizen bands are handmade from plastic retrieved from the ocean, with signature Bottletop ring pull clasps crafted from upcycled decommissioned illegal firearms. Each band sold equates to the removal of 1 kilo of plastic waste. So while raising funds for the COVID-19 relief effort and empowering artisans in Nepal, they’re also reducing marine pollution and armed violence.
#TOGETHERBAND is a global movement that champions the UN’s 17 Global Goals through fashion, creativity and culture; raising awareness and driving action with the aim of ending poverty, inequality and climate change. Created by Bottletop, the superb social impact brand works with makers in impoverished communities in Brazil and beyond, turning would-be-waste materials into cool keepsakes while providing education programmes for disadvantaged young people.
Founded by an Oxford-trained lawyer, designer and philanthropist, Eden Diodati is a social impact jewellery label that works with artisans and partners with an award-winning cooperative in Rwanda. It provides employment to increasing numbers of marginalised women who have survived the country’s genocide. The skilled makers fuse contemporary design and material innovation with centuries-old artisanal craftsmanship and techniques, in rare pret-a-porter collections. Featuring exquisite hand-beading, fairtrade gold plating and Swarovski crystals ensuring conflict-free sparkle, all are handcrafted with dignity and compassion.
A proud member of The Maiyet Collective, Eden Diodati will soon start a crowd-funding campaign to help pave the way for the brand’s next chapter.
Saeeda Etabari for Ishkar
A designer and jeweller whose work is inspired by nature’s elements, Saeeda Etabari handcrafts her designs in her silent workshop in the old city of Kabul. Having lost her hearing as a child whilst living in a Pakistani refugee camp, Saeeda discovered her heartfelt talent and has since had her work exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and London’s Buckingham Palace, with support from the Turquoise Mountain Foundation.
“Designing a piece that somebody will buy and wear is a special experience for me. I love making a connection with someone through a shared sense of beauty,” Saeeda says.
Her striking Ishkar collection (as modelled by Louise Follain below) comprises a ring, pendant and set of earrings. Each comes in a variation of silver and brass or gold-plated silver and emerald.
Ishkar is a social enterprise that seeks out and partners with master craftsmen in conflict zones – those whose ancestral skills are in danger of dying out – and sells their work internationally.