There is perhaps nothing more beautiful - literally and philosophically - than the skill of turning something that was used for warfare, for death, for genocide; into a symbol of beauty, a message of hope and a means to provide for one's family.
These jewels are a statement piece like no other. Featuring sleek design elements and minimalist style, they also have an amazing story to tell. Crafted from old artillery shell casings, collected from around the Cambodian countryside and the Mekong River, the bombshells are left overs from Pol Pot’s genocidal regime in the 1970s, which took the lives of over two million Cambodians in just four years and decimated the social, cultural and economic fabric of the nation.
In transforming these remnants of bloodshed into things of beauty, Cambodian artisans are working to craft a new legacy: one that acknowledges and accepts the tragedy their nation has experienced and uses it to build a beautiful future. The jewellery has literally become a symbol of peace.
This jewellery bolsters the economic prospects of its craftspeople. Providing a market for these handcrafted pieces, provides an important stream of income for artisans in Cambodia, whose economy is still struggling to recover four decades on from the conflict. In doing so, it also encourages the passing on of skills and the continued recovery and growth of survivors of the genocide.
And if that's not enough to convince you, take a look at the beautiful range. It really does speak for itself. And will certainly provide some good dinner party conversations....