War and Peace Ornaments

These ornaments embody peace through recycling the remains of war.
created by

Elizabeth Suda

$25.00

Elizabeth Suda created by

Elizabeth Suda

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"And on earth peace..."

These peaceful ornaments embody holiday harmony in a simple but powerful way—they're crafted from scrap metal reclaimed from bombs dropped over Laos during the Vietnam conflict. An estimated 250 million American bombs were dropped on the region over a nine-year period. Attempting to restore order in their lives, the Laotian people began gathering the discarded metal and repurposing it as jewelry and ornaments. More than just shining symbols of peace, these ornaments represent the promise of rejecting war to forge a better world. Each one includes a card with information about the process and material. Sold individually. Designed by Elizabeth Suda. Handmade in Laos and finished in Brooklyn, New York.

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Made in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Elizabeth Suda

created by

Elizabeth Suda

location

New York

“Jewelry has personal significance. We see [ours] as having that significance. It is a piece of history. It's a symbol of people turning something bad into something good.”

Elizabeth Suda originally traveled to Laos to research the country’s colorful textiles. But once there, another local craft caught her attention instead: spoons made by Lao artisans, using scrap metal salvaged from some 270 million bombs that were dropped on the country during the Vietnam War. Believing there was a broader market opportunity to be explored, Elizabeth challenged local artisans to expand beyond kitchen utensils and use the bomb metal to make jewelry instead.

“Jewelry has a personal significance–from an engagement ring to a men’s watch that might be a gift for graduation,” Elizabeth says. “We see [our] jewelry as having that significance. It is a piece of history. It’s a symbol of people turning something bad into something good.”

Handmade Recycled
Made from
upcycled aluminum metal
Measurements
Peace Dove: 1.75" dia.; Peace Sign: 1.75" dia.
Item ID
43199

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