• Lapis Infinite Choker
  • Lapis Infinite Choker
  • Lapis Infinite Choker
  • Lapis Infinite Choker

Lapis Infinite Choker

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We are very excited to share this special collection of jewellery pieces we designed with Louise Follain.

The ∞ Infinite Choker ∞ is an iconic piece, each infinity loop is meticulously crafted by hand and the join is finished with a chunk of set marble and a delicate heart. All are made in Kabul, Afghanistan from gold plated sterling silver.

For this collection, Louise looked at ancient, yet surprisingly contemporary, pieces of jewellery excavated in Afghanistan’s Tillya Tepe site. The pieces featured stones carved into the shape of hearts, the central motif for this collection.

"These pieces are imagined like talismans to carry a positive message, good energies, and intentions. I believe so much in the power of these objects, I think they can both be worn for any occasion. They are both casual and sophisticated, elegant and timeless pieces."  - Louise Follain 

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Try to avoid contact with water. Remove while swimming, bathing or showering.

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We will aim to dispatch orders within 2-3 working days of purchase date but please be aware that we are a small team and delays can occur. We offer a single flat rate shipping option: tracked shipping with Royal Mail.

* For addresses in the UK, estimate shipping time is 2-3 business days.
* International shipping is available to all destinations. For all addresses outside the UK, estimate shipping time is 5-12 business days.
* ISHKAR is not responsible for customs duties or taxes on EU/international shipments, nor is it responsible for delays associated with the import process.

We offer free shipping for:

UK orders over £200
European orders over £250

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We will be happy to offer a full refund (excluding shipping) on items returned within 14 days of receipt of delivery. 

• Returned items must be unworn, unwashed and undamaged products purchased directly from ISHKAR.com.
• Proof of purchase is required. • Custom and made-to-order objects are non-refundable unless faulty.
• Photography prints are printed to order and are therefore not refundable.
• For defective, damaged or incorrect items, please notify us within five days of delivery in order to receive a refund/exchange.
• Email us at contact@ishkar.com to organise the return.  

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Louise Follain

We collaborated with photographer, magazine editor & model Louise Follain on several projects over the years and in 2019 Louise visited Bamiyan in Afghanistan on one of our trips (see more here). Inspired by the rich culture of craftsmanship, we disused the potential for new objects and the result is the collection that we've been developing with Louise to shine a brighter light on Afghanistan than is often seen in the news.

"To combine ISHKAR’s mission for Afghan craftmanship and my inspirations, had a special meaning to me, especially since the trip I was lucky enough to be a part of in 2020." - Louise Follain 

Artisans

This unique piece has been handmade by the artisans in an atelier in Kabul, Afghanistan. After a particularly challenging year for all our partners in Afghanistan, we're delighted to be working with them once more. “It was a very depressing moment during the crisis which took place in August 2021. However, I did not lose my hope and I had faith” said one of the artisans who was working on this collection with us and is glad to be crafting and fulfilling our jewellery orders again. 

"Hand making jewellery is the tradition of our ancestors. We must keep our culture alive," explains another jeweller, who teaches students the craft. "I feel alive when I teach jewellery to my students because in the future they will be capable of supporting themselves and others."

Design

For this collection, Louise looked at ancient, yet surprisingly contemporary, pieces of jewellery excavated in Afghanistan’s Tillya Tepe Tomb IV Second quarter of the first century A.D. site. Many of the pieces featured stones carved into the shape of hearts (which are thought to depic ivy plants, sacred to the Scythian nomads of central Asia) the central motif for this collection. The necklace's figure of eight design drew on a necklace found on the site that featured Greco-Bactrian iconography, an emblem of power that is believed to have been engraved in the Greek era.

"The choker is a very old style of jewerlly that has the particularity of sitting on the throat chakra, which is the chakra of communication. The infinity sign and the heart shaped pendant are both simple yet powerful symbols, to which the choker adds some radicalism and boldness." - Louise Follain 

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