Being a self confessed jewel junkie, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the launch of Edge of Ember, a new accessories label in Hong Kong, at Alexa and Todd on Hollywood Road. To make me feel better about my jewel addiction, this was shopping while supporting a good cause… honest guv!
Edge of Ember’s first collection is called SARAT, which is translated from the Khmer word for beauty, and each piece is handcrafted by local artisans in Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia. Working closely with non-profit organisations to ensure that items are ethically produced, Edge of Ember supports the livelihood of local artisans through self-sustainable employment, and reinvests part of this generated income in their communities, with 10% of all proceeds going directly towards funding local charity projects.
These carefully selected programs focus on issues affecting women and children – mainly trafficking, prostitution, education and healthcare. Through this philanthropic venture, Edge of Ember aims to raise awareness of, and make an impact on, the plight of these disadvantaged groups.
You see, I told you it was shopping for a good cause! Bangle anyone?!
Left to right: Astor bangle USD$90; 18ct gold plated Chamelli stacked bangle USD$120; 18ct gold plated Tamri gold structured bangle, USD$75
Singapore-born Lynette Ong is the founder of Edge of Ember and was inspired not only by the plight of these artisans while travelling in Asia but also by their creativity and how they still manage to create beauty from hardship, for example handcrafting jewellery from the remnants of Cambodian brass bombshells.
Left to right: Willow brass & gold plate USD$125; Blair antique gold-plated necklace USD$125; Zoei 18ct gold plate with freshwater pearls USD$165
I also loved these rings…
Left to right: Chelsea stacked ring 18ct gold plate USD$90; Essex ring antique silver plate USD$65
So, with no further ado… and don’t feel bad as it’s for a good cause… get yourself on Edge of Ember’s website and pick up some pretties to bling you up for summer!
Edge Of Ember is stocked at Alexa & Todd, 1/F 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 3378 and The9thMuse, 12/F, Unit 1204, One Lyndhurst Tower,
No.1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong,
Some photos by Sabrina Sikora Photography
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