Jewellery brand works with local silversmiths on collection.
Martick jewellers, creator of fashion-led silver jewellery has said that its new collections have wowed at this year’s jewellery shows, in particular its ethical project working with silversmiths in Africa.
Founded by Julie Martick in 1988, the brand says that its most recent Shipwrecked silver collection has been a bestseller.
“Following my meeting with the silversmiths of Ibo island, Mozambique I set up some workshops with them and donated some tools which were in short supply. On this remote island which is largely untouched by modern life, people still live by the rhythms of natural light,” said Martick.
“Inspired by the natural world all around them, the work features local nature such as fish, butterflies, dragonflies, the moon and stars and even bugs. In the shadows of an old Portuguese fort the silversmiths sell their work to the few tourists that visit the remote Quirimbas archipelago,” she explained.
The families that Martick has worked with live on approximately US $20 (£12) each month, fishing is the main subsistence industry on the island. “The idea of our project is to try to expose the highly-skilled work of the local silversmiths to a wider audience, thus improving the local economy,” explained Martick.
The brand has also created a collection based on ancient amulets from around the world, which has also been a big hit, including silver reproductions of amulets made in ancient Egypt, such as Bastet votives which are models of cats originally produced in the New Kingdom, each piece is embellished with a genuine faience bead – imitation gemstones – approximately 100 years older than Tutankhamen’s tomb. The beads were found between 1892-1907, by the Egypt exploration society.