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Silver Om Necklace

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This sterling silver pendant was designed by Soma, one of the pioneering survivor silversmiths in our Calcutta jewelry program, 1" tall pendant on silver chain, featuring an elephant head cleverly combined with Om symbol.

  • Hand-cut sterling silver pendant, 1" tall
  • 18" Sterling silver chain with lobster claw clasp
  • Handmade in India
  • Fair trade - caring for people and planet
This design is loaded with significance.- Ganesh, the Elephant God in Hindu tradition, is a symbol for overcoming obstacles. Ganesh's elephant head has been cleverly combined by Soma with the Om Symbol - a character in the Hindi language which represents a yoga meditation for serenity.

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Silver Om Necklace

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Soma wanted a powerful symbol that would empower the wearer. Combining the "om", the ancient sanskrit symbol for the universe's vibration (adapted into Hinduism and Buddhism and a core principal of yoga practice) with Ganesh's influence in overcoming obstacles the wearer should feel thoroughly ready to take on the challenges life throws our way. It's amazing to think this was one of the first designs to come out of our Jewelry Studios; from the very jump of starting an empowerment program, the Survivor-Artisans were already working to empower others.

Customer Reviews

Elephant Om Necklace Review by Diane Wiel
I get so many compliments for this necklace! I rarely take it off. It's beautifully made and never tarnishes. It encompasses my connections to India, Bangladesh, and yoga. I feel like it has strengthened my yoga practice! The design is brilliantly done. It's an honour to wear it. It's also a conversation piece that allows me to speak about the incredible work that Made By Survivors does! (Posted on 8/21/13)

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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.