Using copper recycled from used water heaters or wire, along with silver mined by small scale miners from an old silver mine in Kabwe, young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) handcraft this set of earrings, featuring a silver disc surrounded by a copper hoop. These artisans are defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making.
Measures 1.5"W x 2.5"T. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Matching necklace is available.
F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.