By purchasing these bombshell products, you are helping to create fair trade jobs for disadvantaged Cambodians with high levels of unemployment. Artisans are paid fairly and equitably for their skillful work, which keeps families together with food on their table. A liveable and reliable income is especially important for women as it allows them to raise healthy babies and children and provide for their future. The designs use inspiration from Cambodia 's rich tapestry, restoring and preserving many traditional Cambodian skills.
Caring for your brass jewelry: Remove jewelry before bed, exercise, and swimming. Avoid contact with lotions, hair spray and perfume. When possible, avoid contact with water. Clean and polish to restore shine. There are many over the counter brass cleaners available but be careful which type you chose and use sparingly as some contain harsh chemicals that can actually damage your jewelry. Our brass bomb jewelry is from recycled brass so it may contain a small amount of other metal components. If you use a metal cleaner, first test a small area on the back side. Avoid getting any cleaners on stones. Rinse thoroughly.
Ironwork artisans, living in an underprivileged community in the Kandal Province, approximately 45 minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, make this recycled bomb shell and bullet jewelry. Bomb casings are left over from Cambodia's wartime three decades ago. Ironwork artisans skillfully mold bomb shells into beautiful jewelry pieces, introducing a small income to underprivileged communities. While Cambodia has enjoyed years of peace and development since the war and atrocities of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, today 30% of the population still live below the poverty line (on less than $1.25 per day).
Turning war into peace, this bold hammered cuff carries a meaningful message and gives back to a community once devastated by bombing. It is highly polished and handcast by vulnerable artisan group in Cambodia from recycled brass bombshells.
As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind.
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