The new season is upon us, and one way to ring the changes is to add some statement jewellery to your outfit, dressing up any outfit and easing the transition from warm winter clothes to lighter spring and summer pieces.
At People Tree, we love the look, feel and provenance of Fair Trade jewellery. The pieces we stock are made for you in Kenya by the Bombolulu Workshops. This Mombassa-based social business is transforming your look – and people’s lives – with gorgeous handmade jewellery in brass and silver plate. Set up 40 years ago, Bombolulu provides meaningful, well paid employment for people with physical disabilities. Not only that, but the materials are sustainably sourced to have minimal waste or environmental impact – the bone used in the Pembe earrings, for example, is the recycled by-product of the local meat industry in Mombassa. Every time you buy a piece made by Bombolulu, you are truly changing people’s lives by supporting an enterprise that provides medical help and housing for the people it employs.
In celebration of the amazing work Bombolulu do and the gorgeous styles they create, we’re highlighting some of our favourites from the new season collection below. We’re confident they will give both your look and your spirit a lift!
Chevron Ring in Brass
A classy statement ring handmade from brass with a beaten finish, this piece livens up an outfit without being too dressy. Wear the Chevron ring to work to add a twist to your work wear, or as a statement piece on a night out. Brass looks great with spring and summer colours and the versatile Chevron ring will be a key go-to piece in your jewellery box for the new season.
Pembe Earrings in Brass
Everyone needs a striking pair of statement earrings and the Pembe Earrings in Brass fit the bill perfectly. The contrast between the white bone and polished brass is an eye-catching combination, and the drop down style frames the face beautifully – making these earrings a sure fire hit!
Bethany Bangle in Silver or Brass
Dainty and delicate, the Bethany Bangle in silver plate or brass is a superb piece that’s versatile, with the subtle glimmer of its hand-beaten finish. It works with with summer dresses and bare arms, and with simple jeans and an organic cotton T-shirt. If you want to increase the focus on your wrists, team the slim Bethany Bangle with other bracelets and stack ’em high.
Slim Cuff in Brass
For something with a bit more weight, the Slim Cuff in brass is anything but dainty. Brass looks superb when you have a glow from the summer sun, and has a real affinity with warm summer colours for a key off-duty look.
The Fair Trade jewellery we sell at People Tree has the added cachet of being handmade, and you can wear in the knowledge it’s been crafted with love and care by people who are being paid fairly for their talents. It’s a fantastic way to add something extra special to your outfit, transforming your look both on the surface and by helping you to build up your ethically produced outfit, one beautiful piece at a time.