TIMBUKTU : This necklace from Linda Hagobian features an artful assemblage of natural elements. Oval cutouts and solid beads of lightweight exotic African ebony are hand carved and attached onto a chain with hammered silver beads and brilliant turquoise that’s as blue as the Mediterranean Sea itself. Wear this necklace long or wrap it around twice for a variety of bold looks.
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.