The Paz Bracelet is going to be an everyday piece for me. I took a group of Fair Trade Partners to visit our Artisan Partners in Guatemala last year, and I am transported back every time I look at it. This piece is simple yet elegant, with a charm that reads ‘strength.’ I can’t think of a better word to describe the women we met; their perseverance, courage, and commitment shone bright.
Beyond the perfect combination of exquisite and badass, the symbolism of the Abbe Bracelet inspires me beyond measure. The beads are made from melted down artillery shells from former war conflicts, and the piece is handmade by women who are HIV-positive and have been ostracized from their communities as a result. This bracelet is the embodiment of transformation, hope, and beauty.