(PRESS RELEASE) Shetland jeweler Karlin Anderson has launched a collection of contemporary jewelry in partnership with Hope for Justice, a UK-based charity that aims to end modern slavery and human trafficking.
10% of the price paid for each piece in Karlin’s “Freedom Collection” will be donated to Hope for Justice to help them in their work of preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives and reforming the law. company.
Karlin said: “There is so much turmoil and inequality in the world that has made people desperate and vulnerable to the false promises of traffickers, and modern slavery takes many forms such as sexual exploitation, labor forced and domestic servitude, which are more common than many people realize.
“I believe that people’s freedom and worth are absolutely essential to society, and using and abusing people and selling them for monetary gain is odious to me. As I learned more about modern slavery, I felt I had to do something, but I didn’t know what, so I started making jewelry to send to victims and others. This is how the Freedom Collection began.
The jewelry collection includes rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and the design, materials, and craftsmanship of the pieces all have symbolism for Karlin.
“It was important that the materials were ethically sourced and non-exploitative, so I worked with Hope for Justice to certify my supply chain.”
“The combination of metals is inspired by a passage in the Bible where God says, ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine’ – a gift to his people to remind them of their promise to care for them . I believe that we are receiving life and freedom from a higher power and that cannot be taken away by another person. “
“I use the ‘hammer finish’ technique to create a wavy surface on the metal. The coin “takes the hit” which makes it harder, it reflects light differently, but it doesn’t lose its value – an analogy to the blows we all take in life.
“Many pieces have a choice of 12 gemstones, each with its own symbolism. It is also a biblical reference to the 12 tribes of Isreal as they rebuilt their lives after escaping slavery. A priest, representing the tribes, wore a breastplate adorned with 12 precious stones when he asked him before God to take care of their worries and needs. I believe that each of us has a voice that deserves to be heard ”
Karlin said, “Ultimately, the Freedom collection is a statement of human dignity, and I want the wearer of these pieces to be remembered for their own worth. Culturally and socially, jewelry is often used to say something about who we are and these pieces declare that we are precious, free and that we have intrinsic value no matter what. And if you give these coins to a loved one, you remind them that they are precious and you contribute to the freedom of others who have been deprived of their sense of value.
The Freedom collection can be viewed and purchased at Karlin’s studio in Hoswick, Shetland or online at www.karlinanderson.com/freedom.
Most pieces have a range of customization options and the price range is £ 79 to £ 450.