Debbie and her husband, Chris, began their opal business over thirty years ago. Based in Australia, they spend their summer months on the coast of...Read more
The Colombian collection features alluvial emeralds from the mountain rivers of Muzo and Chivor, also hand panned without the use of machines and with minimal disruption to the surrounding environment.
"A champion of ethical jewellery, London-based Ms Small is conscious that terms such as “ethical” and “sustainable” are “bandied around without much sense of what they mean”. For her, ethical jewellery boils down to its environmental impact — knowing the source of the material — the cultural continuation and appreciation of traditional manual skills and materials, as well as the stories associated with those traditions, and the sustainability of jobs.‘’
"Endeavouring to change that, over the past 20 years she’s worked with communities, NGOs and charities all over the world to create unique collections of jewellery. From fairtrade projects in the slums of Nairobi to supporting artisans in Kabul, training women refugees in Jordan and using fairmined gold in Bolivia, Small is a trailblazer for ethical, sustainable jewellery practices.‘’
"She's the modern bohemian's favourite jewellery designer, but Pippa Small's eclectic aesthetic is underpinned by ethical foundations and a deep respect for local craft. Working with her partner in Kabul, Small has been involved in Afghanistan's Zindagi Now project, which works to empower local women by training them in jewellery crafting, business skills and literacy and has just celebrated its first 100 graduates."
“Pippa Small has been a pioneer of ethical jewellery”