One of the more unusual things on the market right now is a line of high profile gold and gemstone jewelry from Afghanistan, being brought to market by London’s Pippa Small.

amazing turquoise earrings from AfghanistanMs. Small works with a non-profit government agency in Kabul called Turquoise Mountain, to export stunning pieces made by a wide range of young men and women in the old city. Turquoise Mountain is the result of a project started in 2006 by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Prince of Wales, meant to revive an ancient tradition of crafts in the country that years of Taliban rule had almost wiped out.

The involvement of Ms. Small has given a big boost to the project, as she’s sold the Afghan pieces to celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and Eva Longoria.

Turquoise necklace with gold from Pippa SmallPippa Small has worked on other “ethical” jewelry projects in Panama and Bolivia, and believes that jewelry “has the potential to change lives by working with communities, creating jobs and opportunities, and using design to raise money and awareness.” Find out more about Pippa Small’s pieces from Afghanistan here.

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