Simple and bold, these flat-faced, graphic studs from ISHKAR are the perfect everyday earring. We have these handcrafted earrings in 925 Sterling Silver or 16 Carat Gold plate, both with Bamiyan turquoise stones. The diameter of the earring stud is about 1cm in total, including the silver or gold surround.
Our values and this particular product:
- Natural materials
- Minimal waste, pollutants and emissions
- Community engagement (including the additional support from Turquoise Mountain)
- Conserving traditions
These have been made by expert jeweller, Mehdi Ansar. Ansar began life as a refugee in Iran, but he is now based in Afghanistan where he is the head of Blue Diamond - a talented group of seven jewellers all under the age of 25.
Known to locals as Bamiyan Turquoise, this mineral (scientific name: Chrysocolla) is mined just a stone’s throw away from the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Bamiyan sits in a stunning lush green valley surrounded by snow capped peaks.
On top of the amount ISHKAR pay the artisans, a further 10% of the value of this product goes towards the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. Turquoise Mountain supports Afghan artisans by providing them with three years of technical training, as well as a full range of business support following graduation. You can read more about the Foundation in our profile piece about Ishkar in our journal.
Care: Try to avoid contact with water. Remove while swimming, bathing or showering.