ISHKAR I Hoops with Lapis
The ultimate versatile earring. Designed for everyday wear. we recommend pairing with our mini hoops, or with our delicate semi-precious studs.
- Bamiyan Turquoise set in sterling silver with 16 Carat Gold plate
THE STORY BEHIND THE EARRINGS
Made by Mohammad Milad.
Mohammad Milad trained as an apprentice at the Jaweed Noori jewellery company - one of Afghanistan’s most prestigious jewellers. At the age of just 22 he went on to set up Rana Jewellery, naming the company after his daughter. At Rana, Mohammad enjoys the freedom of combining traditional and contemporary styles.
High in the valley of Sar-e Sang in North Eastern Afghanistan lie mountains streaked with seams of deep blue rock. This iconic stone – Lapis Lazuli - has obsessed humans for millennia. Once so exclusive it was reserved for the funeral masks of Pharaohs, and for the brush tips of the Renaissance’s most renowned artists, the price of Lapis Lazuli equalled the price of gold right up until the industrial age. Afghanistan is home to the world’s largest deposit of Lapis Lazuli.
On top of the amount paid to the artisans, a further 10% 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.