May 19, 2018 | By Nicole McLennan
Jewelry designer Pippa Small has been designing pieces using found objects from around the world since childhood. After honing her skills at Dosa, Nicole Farhi, Tom Ford, and Chloe, Small decided to focus her attention on the concept of ethical jewelry. The designer has been working with the Afghanistan based charity Turquoise Mountain for the past three years to help promote local gems and craftsmanship. Small’s Afgan workshop is an old shipping container that has been blown up twice. Undeterred by the bombing, Small recently employed a first generation of female graduates into her workshop, a major step forward in a society where women are discouraged from working outside the home.
Small’s new collection celebrates traditional Afgan design and the rugged beauty of local semi-precious stones. The line offers a variety of wearable, versatile pieces that blur the distinctions between ethnic and contemporary design. Proceeds support the workshop and its employees, and Turquoise Mountain which in turn has helped to build an adult literacy centre, a library, and a primary health centre for its workers. Small will soon be opening up an advisory board and inviting London based jewelers to design and produce out of the Kabul workshops.
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