Purple Buddha Project


The 2014 Fall Collection of the Purple Buddha Project is based on the foundation that we can learn something from the past and use it today to change the future. By recycling artifacts from Germany, India, United States, and Cambodia, the Purple Buddha Project integrates history into jewelry, constructed in Cambodia.

The collection of jewelry uses objects like bullet casing from Cambodia, meteorites, coins of the British East India company, and fragments of the Berlin Wall. The founder Forrest Curran has gone to each of the countries in order to obtain the raw materials that is going into the collection.

The finishing of each piece is created from recycled bullet shells, bombshells, and weapon remains from Cambodia. The jewelry line is also created Cambodia by local associations that employ artisans through fair-wage, and with the sale of each jewelry piece the Purple Buddha Project makes a donation to inspect and remove 3m of land for UXOs that have yet to detonate. With a pledge during the kickstarter project, you can receive a jewelry piece that integrates history into fashion while empowering the people of Cambodia.

What I loved so much about this collection, is the contrast between old and new and the vibrate colors against the gold accents. The collection is truly unique in it’s design and its message.

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