TIMBUKTU : Artfully inspired with striking materials at every turn, these earrings from designer Linda Hagobian’s Timbuktu collection are instant show-stoppers. Beads of exquisite turquoise that are as blue as the Mediterranean Sea itself are juxtaposed with round ebony wood beads from Mali. Hand carved and lightweight, their natural splendor is enhanced by the natural sparkle of a single diamond. These earrings come with 18K gold plated hooks.
Linda uses turquoise, ebony, diamonds, Italian-crafted 18-karat gold, and sterling silver findings in all of her pieces. While she crafts the designs, it takes a global village to assemble Hagobian's pieces, from the artisans in Italy who painstakingly make sure each graduated piece of turquoise is of the right size and color and perfectly strung, to the 42 African men and women who carve the ebony into precise shapes. As a sign of gratitude, the company donates part of the proceeds of the collection to Dogon Schulen, which builds schools in Mali, West Africa.