BAMBA : When dark rich ebony wood from Mali, West Africa is juxtaposed with bright turquoise from Arizona’s Sleeping Beauty mine, the effect is stunning. Designer Linda Hagobian works with master craftsmen in Italy to seamlessly link the hand carved wood circles. Then by adding a hint of turquoise they create a necklace that makes a major statement. This necklace is finished with a silver toggle closure. As seen on Wendy of style blog Wendy's Lookbook.
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.