“People tell me I’m a compliment maker,” says jewellery designer Jenny Bird. But her latest collaboration does more than elicit flattery. Bird worked with Far + Wide Collective, an online platform that connects artisans in emerging economies with global shoppers, on an 11-piece jewellery collection created by seven groups of makers at the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Most of the pieces feature a circular horizon motif inlaid with lapis or black tourmaline. Running her thumb over the circular motif, Bird praises the extraordinary handiwork and explains the meaning of the design: “The circle represents the world, with me standing on the shores of Canada looking over to Afghanistan across the ocean, connected to the artisans there.”
Available at farandwidecollective.com and Nordstrom.
Jenny Bird x Far + Wide Stories Cuff Bracelet ($115), at farandwidecollective.com.
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