Open Leaf Shape Earrings
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Upcycled bombshell open leaf shaped earrings handmade in Laos – a beautiful piece of jewellery with a very powerful history.
Aluminium – that was once a bomb dropped in Laos
Size- Leaf measures 1cm at widest point, dangles 5.5cm
1964 - 1973 Laos
Two million tons of ordnance were dropped on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions. That's 1 B-52 plane load of bombs every 8 minutes - 24 hours a day - for 9 years.
Laos is one of the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. At the current rate of removal, it will take an estimated 800 years to clear all unexploded ordnance.
BEAUTY FROM UGLINESS AND A MESSAGE OF PEACE
During the aftermath of the war, villagers began to collect, sell, or use scrap metal from the bombs as a means to generate income. From the heart of Laos, LOVEbomb jewellery is cast from melted bomb fragments, in wood and ash moulds. Upcycled from safely sourced bomb scraps by artisans in Laos and made under Fair Trade conditions, each piece serves as a peaceful reminder of destruction, reconstruction and a hopeful future. Each LOVEbomb product sold assists with safe land clearance and supports the artisans to provide for their families and village development.
MV Organic Skincare has partnered with Sacred by Design to stock LOVEbomb, who work with Saoban, a Lao NGO committed to community empowerment and poverty alleviation. They integrate socially sustainable programs in education, agriculture, micro-finance, handicrafts and community leadership. Together we follow fair trade principles to ensure that the artisans receive a fair price for their products, and the benefits extend to the whole community. In addition, Sacred by Design donates a percentage of their annual sales back into the Laos community, focussing on education and sanitation.