Mehdi Ansar began life as a refugee in Iran. After school, he earned some money for his family working in a car repair shop, and it was here he first gained his love for tinkering and using his hands. Today Ansar is the head of Blue Diamond - a talented group of seven jewellers all under the age of 25.
Hattie Rickards is a British jewellery designer. Hattie designed the Oculus ring for Turquoise Mountain artisans when she visited Afghanistan in 2012.
Walking through the streets of the old city, Hattie was inspired by the wooden lattice screens which can be found on many of the historic windows and doors. She decided to create a geometric collection which reflects the buildings in which the pieces are made.
On top of the amount we pay the artisans, a further 5% 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.
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