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Mondrian Mixed Metal Earrings

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The striking Mondrian earrings in mixed metals – sterling silver, brass and copper - evoke the colorful geometric images of the modernist painter Mondrian, 2’5” long exclusive of ear wires. Earrings wires are hand hammered in 100% sterling silver.  Each tiny rectangle has been hand-cut, hammer-textured and riveted to it's neighbor using the jewelry technique known as 'cold-connected'.

Design by Dianna Badalament, our International Jewelry Program Director and fearless trainer.
  • Fair trade earrings
  • Sterling Silver, copper and brass on sterling silver ear wires
  • 2.5" long
  • Handcrafted in India

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Mondrian Mixed Metal Earrings

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Unique and a little bit Art Deco, these earrings are labor of love requiring a high level of skill and attention to detail. The hammer texture, the fine filing to obtain that perfect geometry, the many rivets that need to be put in with care all are done by our most proficient metalsmiths. Even the layout takes patience as the pair relate but do not perfectly match which helps keep the feel modern. Designing something highly technical and then watching the Artisans execute the design perfectly was truly a fantastic milestone.

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On my "go to" Earrings list Review by Stacey
These earrings are great if you are wearing either silver or gold. It is modern and timeless. These will be worn for many years to come. The length is great. (Posted on 11/17/13)

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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.