25 British jewellers unite for Afghan women
British jewellers including Solange, Shaun Leane, Pippa Small, Annoushka and Theo Fennell have contributed pieces to an online auction (until 4 October 2021), with all proceeds going to Afghanistan-based charity Women for Afghan Women
Jewellers have come together to support Afghanistan-based charity Women for Afghan Women as part of a new online auction with London fine art auction house Rosebery. Bidding for ‘Jewellers for Afghanistan’ is set to run until 4 October 2021, with 100 per cent of proceeds going directly to the grassroots organisation.
‘As a country we are lucky to have some of the most brilliant jewellers in the world and the sense of community within the British jewellery industry truly is second to none,’ says organiser Rosie Lillis. ‘I admire all of the brands involved tremendously: they could not be a more talented or generous collective and I am thrilled that everyone was so keen to unite to support such an important cause.’
Jewellers involved include established brands Solange, Shaun Leane, Pippa Small, Annoushka and Theo Fennell as well as emerging talent Jessie Thomas, Christopher Thompson-Royds, Rachel Boston and Otiumberg. All the donated jewellery has an emphasis on accessibility, with retail price points ranging from £270 to £1,570.
‘I hope that this auction will help to raise much-needed funds to support the amazing organisations, like Women for Afghan Women, who are doing everything in their power to provide shelter, care and resources to the country’s most vulnerable women and children,’ adds Lillis.
‘Whatever else it is, the situation in Afghanistan is a disaster for many women there and we wanted to help,’ says Theo Fennell. ‘Our key pendant, as a symbol of unlocking the doors to knowledge, to the future and to a new life seemed appropriate. We all wish Women for Afghan Women all the very best for this vital initiative.’
For Liv Luttrell, the auction is a chance to show her appreciation: ‘Charities like Women for Afghan Women do amazing work, and I am proud to offer support in small part by donating a pair of twist earrings to be auctioned for this important cause.’ §