The Find: Beautiful baubles from far-flung locales—no globe-trotting required
It’s suddenly possible to go online and buy a hand-hammered necklace by an artisan group in Jaipur, or a pair of lapis lazuli studs made by an Afghan jeweller working out of her home. A wave of noble new businesses, many of them based in Toronto, are connecting master crafters all over the developing world with customers itching to pay for their artistry. Here, eight beautiful baubles.
Dannijo creates ornate bib necklaces in partnership with Indego Africa, a non-profit supporting the financial independence of women in Rwanda. $624. Holt Renfrew, various locations, 416-922-2333.
Raven and Lily’s wooden bangles are made by women living near the Himalayan foothills in northern India. $25 for two. Pipler Accessories, 453 Parliament St., 647-346-2324.
A Peace Treaty runs a small workshop in Jaipur, India, where artisans create gorgeous hardware, like this brass fan necklace finished with gold and turquoise. $198. Apeacetreaty.com.
Far and Wide Collective sells beautiful baubles by artisans in post-conflict countries. This lattice ring by Blue Diamond, a small Afghan jeweller, is studded with agate and other indigenous stones. $369. Farandwidecollective.ca.
This diamond ring from Cabbagetown’s Fair Trade Jewellery Co. is made with 18-karat gold mined by small-scale operations in Peru. $1,895. 523 Parliament St., 647-430-8741.
This hammered brass cuff, sold by the Toronto-based shop Unikati, was crafted in Cambodia using recycled bombshell casings and bullets left over from the Khmer Rouge regime. $55. Unikati.ca.
Shugufa Yousofzai, a 28-year-old jeweller in Kabul, makes these gold-plated lapis lazuli studs. $120. Farandwidecollective.ca.
The Toronto charity Me to We employs women from the Maasai region in rural Kenya to make pretty beaded pieces, like this turquoise tassel necklace with a hand-cast brass charm. $25. Metowe.com.