Laos Lariat Necklace
This elegant Lariat is finished with a traditional Laotian Spike talisman charm. The double length sterling silver diamond-cut wrap-around chain can be twirled twice around the neck as a choker, or wear it long and thread the spike through the hole to secure. The Laos Lariat is made from melted down bomb shrapnel that still litters Laos after heavy bombardment during the Vietnam War.
Article 22 works with the MAG (Mines Advisory Group) to safely & expertly clear some of the 80 million unexploded bombs contaminating land in Laos. Purchasing the Laos Lariat Necklace clears 8m2 of Laotian landscape.
Each Article 22 piece supports traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, community endeavours and further de-mining efforts.
Size: Adjustable to fit all.
Material: Upcycled bomb aluminium, sterling silver chain
Made in: Laos by Article 22
About Article 22
Founded in 2012 by American Elizabeth Suda and Parisian Camille Hautefort, Article 22 takes its name from the UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Suda and Hautefort design Article 22's range and their co-partners in Laos source the bomb scraps and construct the jewellery.
Laos was heavily bombed by the US and allies during the Vietnam War. But 30% of bombs dropped did not detonate and today there are around 80 million bombs still active across Laos. The aim of Article 22 is to create beautiful jewellery from the masses of bomb scraps in Laos; contributing to de-mining efforts and providing a steady livelihood to local communities.
Article 22 contributes to the Mines Advisory Group - a nonprofit that clears landmines and unexploded ordnance in conflict zones - and has to date helped to clear more than 32 acres of land in Laos. The company also donates 10 percent of proceeds to the Village Development Fund, to provide under-served people in Laos with electricity and micro-loans for livestock and small businesses. This is a truly ethical business and you too can help buy back the bombs.