That is exactly what Future Brilliance and its founder Sophia Swire has created the jewelry brand Aayenda to do! Future Brilliance took a crop of young Afghan jewelers to Jaipur, India to teach them refined jewelry making and gem cutting. Afghanistan has a wealth of precious and semi-precious stones but lacks modern mining techniques and value adding skills. The first Aayenda jewelry line was conceived by giving young Afghan entrepreneurs in the jewelry and gem cutting sector access to the jewelry making capital of the world while matching them with successful international designers. With this first collection under its belt Future Brilliance is expanding, not only into new lines of jewelry, but also - in partnership with a leading low-cost solar-powered tablet provider - looking to give Afghans access to the internet and the many opportunities it offers. An access that will change the lives of many and make it even easier for you to buy this beautiful jewelry!
Photo by Tina Hager
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