Chic And Bold Jewelry That Supports Women In Post-Conflict Countries
Far + Wide Collective launched a few years ago with products made by craftswomen in Afghanistan, which founder Hedvig Alexander stored in her garage.
Today, the site carries a chic collection of jewelry, home goods and clothing from 15 countries, with most products coming from Afghanistan, Kenya, and Swaziland. The company has also collaborated with several Western designers, including jewelry designer Jenny Bird, who recently won best accessory designer at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.
Here's the latest from Bird and the collective's other designers.
The Stories Cuff represents the multiple stories of the artisans who handmade these products and who have all endured so much instability and poverty.
Silver Lapis Lazuli Flower Earrings
Handcrafted from sterling silver, these floral drop earrings feature lapis lazuli which is locally sourced in Afghanistan
These beautiful handmade hoops are designed by Jenny Bird and handcrafted by Turquoise Mountain artisans in Kabul. They were produced with the idea that going beyond our own horizons and helping artisans in Afghanistan to connect to markets can create a better life for them and their families.
These beautiful pendants are designed by Jenny Bird and handmade by Turquoise Mountain artisans. Each piece is one of a kind and handmade from start to finish by one artisan.
A brass choker with lapis stones wraps around the neck and is finished with a delicate chain to add sophistication. This one-of-a-kind necklace was designed by Garnish by Kara Hamilton in Toronto and handcrafted by graduate students of Turquoise Mountain in Kabul.
Twisted Weave Necklace
Kunzite, amethyst and peridot stones are clustered together to form this striking twisted weave necklace. Wear it on its own, or paired with the matching earrings and ring for a fabulous statement!
Silver Lapis Lazuli Ring
This dramatic, oversized handmade ring has a distinctly organic appeal with its smooth tumbled Afghan lapis lazuli stone that begs to be touched. It is set in sterling silver.
Kimeta Hoop Earrings
Add some subtle sparkle "kimeta" to any outfit by wearing these delicately hammered earrings with silver-plated and gold-tone brass 'diamonds' hanging from a secure hoop.
Gold Plate Ruby Studs
Delicate yet bold, these studs feature Afghan uncut rubies that embody a one-of-a-kind elegance. They are set in 18-kt-gold plated silver.
Silver Aquamarine Drop Earrings
Utterly feminine, these drop earrings feature uncut aquamarine stones which embody a one-of-a-kind elegance. They are set in sterling silver.