Gorgeous and versatile, these hoop earrings are crafted with strands of delicate beading. They were handmade in Ethiopia from melted bullet casings and recycled metals (brass, silver, copper).
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 a project that 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.