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Sterling Silver Peacock Earrings

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Lovely and deeply personal design by Dianna Badalament, these hammer textured earrings are hand-cut from the finest sterling silver

  • Sterling silver earrings
  • Sterling silver earring wires
  • 2" long, exclusive of ear wires
  • Handmade in India
  • Ethical and Sustainable Jewelry
The design was inspired by peacocks which hold a special meaning for designer Dianna Badalament. On one occasion, she even spotted a peacock near the shelter home outside Mumbai as she was teaching the design to the survivors! This design is also available in gold plate. Dianna and our other jewelry trainer Nancy Edwards both run their own successful artisan jewelry businesses, and they love sharing their passion for precious metal jewelry with our survivors, who report that they are transformed by the experience of metalsmithing.

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Sterling Silver Peacock Earrings

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There are many sources for the inspiration for the Peacock Earrings. I like to choose ideas from Indian lore and Hindu iconography because the girls in our programs can relate to them and they get really excited about making these designs with pride. In the 1960's, the peacock was made India's National Bird. It is linked to many Goddesses and is considered sacred. It is often used to represent the Hindu Goddess, Saraswati; the Goddess of Learning, Art and Music. So Saraswati is integral to our metalsmithing program! Also, a sole peacock feather is used in India to dust and keep Hindu Idols clean and dust-free for personal shrines in the home, only something as divine as the peacock feather can complete the task. The sole peacock feather is also used to represent the goddess, Laksmi: the goddess of wealth and prosperity, something we all appreciate. Lastly, and a most serendipitous meaning for me personally was when I returned to the U.S. after my first trip to India, I walked outside one morning to see a peacock perched on a rock outside my home. My next trip to India, I saw a flock of peacocks and peahens in the wild. When I returned home, that peacock kept returning to my home and when he did, I seemed to shortly after get the call that I was headed back to India.

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Love the design! Review by Joanne
These are elegant and beautiful - I've worn them with casual jeans and flats, and also with cocktail dresses. They are nicely weighted and retain their shine. They're my go-to pair! (Posted on 5/28/12)

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Calcutta Jewelry TeamThe MBS Jewelry Centers – including the pilot program in Calcutta, the Mumbai Center, and the Jalpaiguri/Darjeeling Center  are some of our most exciting new initiatives. These centers are training some of India’s first women goldsmiths, offering intensive (paid) high level skills training, followed by long-term, fairly paid employment.

Survivors at the centers are designing and manufacturing jewelry in precious and semi-precious metals. They also serve as peer trainers for new trainees. Jewelry making in India has traditionally only been done by men, and by members of specific castes. It is a highly respected and prestigious skill which enables survivors to overcome the stigma of trafficking and forced prostitution.  

Many of our artisans are survivors of human trafficking and brothel slavery who have been rescued in raids and have spent several years in local aftercare shelters are also in need of help and opportunities if they are to leave the shelters, live independently, and support themselves.  Others are at high risk because they were born into brothel communities or in rural villages with a high incidence of trafficking.  Some are survivors or child marriage, severe domestic violence or other human rights violations.

Typically, girls are trafficked between the ages of 11 and 14 from impoverished rural areas in India, Bangladesh or Nepal. They are sold as slaves in brothels, where they endure severe physical, sexual and emotional abuse and torture. Those fortunate enough to be rescued from slavery face continuing extreme challenges in rejoining mainstream society. It is a struggle to rejoin society because of social stigma and a lack of job options, education or skills.

Survivor Jeweler in Made By Survivors Mumbai Program

We see a dramatic change in the behavior and confidence of our survivors through this program. At first they are timid and unwillingly to look you in the eye. After six months they are laughing, speaking out, and maintaining eye contact. After a year, they are solving production problems, and challenging us to match their determination and energy. We see survivors progress from shelter-dependence to total independence. Many of our survivors are remarkable for their courage in rescuing others, spreading awareness of trafficking and slavery, and advocating for the rights of women and girls.