Tenaye Necklace

Handmade, fairtrade, fabulous design. What's not to love? This necklace was crafted with strands of delicate beading and features an Ethiopian coptic cross.

In the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, farmers supply bead makers with artillery shells (from former war conflicts) that are found on their lands.  

Through traditional techniques passed down for generations, the village artisans melt these shells down to produce handmade delicate beads.  

The beads go through several stages to achieve the final polished look, and then they are sent to Entoto Mountain where a project employs women from the area. These women skilfully create beautiful jewellery in a loving, community environment.  

What was once intended for harm now brings hope and life.