TIMBUKTU : Contrast is a concept used in art to draw attention, and designer Linda Hagobian makes full use of it with these striking earrings. The mixed materials come from all over the world – from richly-hued ebony wood found in Mali to stunning blue turquoise excavated in Arizona’s Sleeping Beauty mine. Delicately shaped and hand crafted in Italy, these earrings come with hooks and add instant daytime glamour.
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.