Empowering Women to Design Their Own Bright Futures.

Silver Jewelry

Our innovative collection of handmade silver, brass, and copper jewelry is crafted by some of South Asia’s first women metalsmiths - because the profession is  traditionally practiced only by men.  Your purchase empowers artisans who once struggled with poverty, severe discrimination, or slavery.  

These courageous young women are no longer defined by the deprivation and exploitation of their pasts.  Today they are glowing with joy because they get to express their creativity in a respectful and supportive work environment, and earning more than anyone in their family every dreamed possible.

"You know those lucky people, who all their dreams come true?  Well, now I am one of them!"  Soma

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  1. Brass Bird Earrings

    Brass Bird Earrings

    $25.00

    Brass earrings depicting a dove, .6" tall, hand cut and hammered into a slightly domed shape. Handmade by survivors in our Mumbai and Calcutta Jewelry Centers, made to match our Free Bird necklaces.. Sterling silver ear wires. Learn More
  2. Brass Stepping Stones Earrings

    Brass Stepping Stones Earrings

    Regular Price: $36.00

    Special Price: $21.60

    A series of graduating brass discs, hammered by hand, evokes memories of stones crossing a mountain stream, on sterling silver ear wires. 2" long exclusive of ear wires. Designed by Dianna Badalament for our talented and courageous jewelers in India. Learn More
  3. Brass Tears of Joy Earrings

    Brass Tears of Joy Earrings

    Regular Price: $35.00

    Special Price: $21.00

    NEW! Bohemian earrings in hand-cut and hammer-textured brass, with five dangling brass accents on sterling silver ear wires. Designed by Dianna Badalament and made by the MBS artisan jewelry team in India. 1.2" tall exclusive of ear wires. Learn More
  4. Handmade Bright Future Brass Hoop earrings

    Bright Future Brass Hoop earrings

    Regular Price: $30.00

    Special Price: $18.00

    Light and exuberant, these 2" long brass earrings are a new take on the classic hoop earring! These delicate fair trade earrings are hand-cut, hammer-textured, and mounted on sterling silver ear wires by survivors at the MBS Jewelry centers in Calcutta and Mumbai. Designed by Dianna Badalament.

    • Brass earrings on sterling silver earring wires
    • Handcrafted in India
    • 2" long, exclusive of ear wire
    • Ethical and sustainable

    Becky Bavinger, who sBoys growing up in Calcutta red light areapent three years living in India,helping to launch Made By Survivors' projects, including school sponsorship programs and the Destiny center, tells this incredible story about a nighttime visit to a project in a Calcutta red light area: "As it got darker, the older boys at the center told me that I should get going or I may have some problems walking to the bus stop. To get to the main road I have to walk through 3 long lanes of brothels, and the men in this area are violent and often drunk. One time I was even asked "how much?" So these boys offered to be my bodyguard and walk me to the bus stop. Five of these boys surrounded me, one holding my hand on each side, two in front leading the way, and one behind me. As we walked, many of the men made comments that I thankfully didn't understand and these boys just kept their eyes straight ahead, occasionally pausing to tell the men to show some respect. We got to the bus stop and they waited with me until my bus came. They even instructed the driver where to drop me off and to not overcharge me. On my way home I thought about how different these boys are from the ones they were protecting me from. I hope their background, and their exposure to women's suffering, will make them advocates for change instead of falling into the cycle of abuse. But I do have hope for them, and they have hope for their community. One of the more mature boys had assured me, "Becky di, we'll find you a good husband who will treat you like a queen."   We dedicate these Bright Futures earrings to Becky's bodyguards, and to all boys who care about the rights of girls and women.

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  5. Bamboo Leaf Ring

    Bamboo Leaf Ring

    Regular Price: $35.00

    Special Price: $20.00

    New and fabulous sterling silver ring, suitable for men and women, depicts two layered bamboo leaves. Ring is .25" tall, ring size 9. Designed by Jinx McGrath, and hand-crafted by survivors at the new Esther Benjamin Trust Jewelry Workshop in Nepal. Made to match our Bamboo Leaf Necklace and Bamboo Earrings. Learn More
  6. Brass Rupee Earrings

    Brass Rupee Earrings

    Regular Price: $30.00

    Special Price: $18.00

    New! Four dainty, brass hammered discs, arranged into a diamond shape with handmade jump rings, distinguish this beautiful, modern design by Dianna Badalament. 

    • Brass disc earrings
    • Sterling Silver earring wires
    • .75" tall, exclusive of ear wires
    • Made in India
    • Ethical and sustainable

    The survivors came Survivors hanging out with friendsup with the name 'Rupee earrings' for this design because "Everyone can use a few more rupees!"  Working in our jewelry programs has provided many survivors with the income they need to move out of shelters and live independently for the first time in their lives.  As Rani describes her new life  'Now that I earn my own living, my brothers and father no longer tell me what to do.   I decide when to work, when to go out, when to watch a movie or when to do housework'.  Watching movies and doing housework may not seem like monumental decisions to us, but for survivors of slavery or severe domestic violence, these simple choices are a gift which they never take for granted.

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  7. Brass HOPE Word Pendant

    Brass HOPE Word Pendant

    Regular Price: $25.00

    Special Price: $15.00

    This necklace says it all! Hand-cut brass pendant, 1" long, on 20" leather cord with gold plated clasp, designed by UK metal sculptor Roger Weisman. A cool unisex piece made in India at the MBS Jewelry CenterNEW - This necklace says it all! Hand-cut brass on 20" leather cord with gold plated clasp. A cool unisex piece made in India at the MBS Jewelry Center Learn More
  8. Mosaic and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

    Mosaic and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

    $28.00

    Sterling silver and mosaic tile stud earrings on sterling silver posts in an array of colors, made to match the necklaces in our new mosaic collection. Our new range of mosaic jewelry from Nepal is made from up-cycled formica kitchen tile scraps, and set in sterling silver, with silver plated brass back-plate, on 16" silver chain. Made by Survivors at Freedom Matters Nepal. Learn More
  9. free word pendant necklace - Brass

    free word pendant necklace - Brass

    Regular Price: $25.00

    Special Price: $15.00

    NEW! This cool new design was created for MBS by a UK designer who recently spent time with the survivors at our Calcutta Workshop. The word 'free' has been painstakingly cut in solid brass, then mounted on 19" leather cord with brass hook and eye clasp. Check out the made-to-match 'free' tote bag and t-shirt.

    • Hand-cut brass pendant
    • 19" leather cord with brass S-clasp
    • Made in India
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