Topshop's Jewellery Made in Heaven
Made is Topshop's gorgeous new collection of jewellery. It is ethically produced in Africa, using local materials and based on traditional designs. What gives it that extra bit of style and sophistication is that the pieces are designed by a group of well-known English jewellery designers.
The necklaces are hand-made to their specifications by artisans, using local resources such as precious metals and semi-precious stones, recycled glass, wood and bits of bone. The necklace pictured combines beads made of recycled glass and traditional Zulu beading.
Another really beautiful example for evening is a delicate bracelet made from silver, faux pearls and recycled glass beads and created in Thailand. The money goes directly to the producers and a percentage is invested back into community projects and training. Made pays their craftspeople a "living" wage; one that is up to three times higher than the minimum wage of their home country. Fashionable indulgence for a good cause.
Via :: The Ecologist