Ethical silver jeweller CHAVIN launches at IJL
LONDON, September 4, 2011 – Ethical silver jeweller CHAVIN, which combines UK design skills with Peruvian craftsmanship, has launched at IJL.
The first collection of CHAVIN jewellery was designed by Ana De Costa, one of the UK’s leading designers.
The collection, “Antiquity”, combines oxidised sterling silver, vermeil, black diamond and ruby with splashes of colour from the Andes.
CHAVIN Managing Director Simon Ogilvie-Harris at IJL 2011
The collection is inspired by Chavin artworks and iconography, using symbols from the rich, vibrant civilization to create contemporary jewellery.
The jewels include images of the jaguar, the Chavin deity symbolising strength.
All of CHAVIN’s jewellery is crafted in Peru, a major source of silver, by a manufacturer committed to the strictest ethical policies.
Sixty percent of the workforce are women and the manufacturer provides life insurance and health checks for its employees.
Managing director Simon Ogilvie-Harris told Jewellery Outlook that CHAVIN was helping to boost incomes of single women crafting its jewellery in Peru.
CHAVIN has partnered with charity SOS Children to support its family strengthening programme in the community centre “Luz y Vida” in Lima, Peru.