The Purple Buddha Project started off as a Tumblr page for founder Forrest Curran to use as a platform for communicating his spiritual side – however recently that vision expanded after travelling and learning about conflicts in Cambodia & Laos.
Taking the peaceful ethos from which inspired him to create his Tumblr account, Curran decided to go one step further by starting his own jewellery label by upcycling conflict artefacts such as bullet shells and bomb casings.
The mission behind the project is to use the past to change the future, taking materials that are tied with negative connotations and using them for positive transformations that represent a new uplifting identity of peace and beauty.
“These jewelry pieces are created through weapons of conflict such as bomb casings and bullet shells from Cambodia, while embedding history into jewelry.”
The Fall 2014 capsule collection raised an impressive $20,000 on Kikstarter and is a line you can really truly treasure. From necklaces containing pieces of the Berlin wall (above right), to east india coin necklaces, every unique, fairtrade handcrafted item is steeped in historical history.
With each piece sold, a portion of the money is donated to ensuring 3m of land in Cambodia is inspected and de-mined of UXOs.