Afghani Girl in School

Artist Anthropologist Pippa Small's Jewelry Promotes Women’s Independence
Organic Spa Magazine
placed by Zoe Helene

This Afghani girl’s rights to independence and education are supported by proceeds made from fine locally crafted jewelry, through a charity called Turquoise Mountain, a humanitarian foundation based in Kabul. Artist anthropologist PIPPA SMALL creates heavenly jewelry in partnership with Turquoise Mountain. By employing Afghani women in her studio, Pippa promotes women’s independence in a country where they are overtly persecuted. Sixty percent of profits go to the charity; the rest go to the artisans.

True Gems: Luxury Jewelry with a Purpose

“Yes, your jewelry choices make a difference. When you invest in ethical, heirloom-quality jewelry, you’re also investing in the future. Your purchase supports a creative community of like-minded humanitarians, out there doing important work.” - Zoe Helene, Organic Spa Magazine


Want to learn more? Ready to unravel that ball of string? Open that Pandora’s box? Good for you! But expect more of the same: Man’s inhumanity toward man and nature; complex, deep-rooted global issues fueled by power and greed; and a great deal of dirty money. But, there's good news. Jewelry professionals around the world are working together to create systems that promote positive change. Check out these online resources:

Fair Trade Gems (
No Dirty Gold (
Fair Trade Federation (
Global Witness (
Ethical Metalsmiths (
Kimberley Process (
Turquoise Mountain (
Hoover & Strong's Harmony Green Metals (

October 2012