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The history of each necklace begins in Liberia. In the part of Liberia where I am from, many thousands of bullets were fired during the war. Even though the war ended in 2003, the spent shell casings can still be found, scattered across the land in places.

Handcrafted, the leaf pendant is made from melted bullet shells, the part that is left over after the bullet is fired. The bead is the actual bottom of the bullet shell.

I chose the word “life” to be inscribed into the leaf to remind myself that new life can begin after hardship. It is even possible for new life to arise from something as terrible as war.

Men and women can both wear the bullet and leaf. It’s strong – I hope they remind each person who wears them that no matter what they’ve been through, they can rise.


AKAWELLE™ NECKLACE

The markings, including colors, of the bullet casing bottoms vary because there were several different kinds of bullets fired during the Liberian civil war. The necklace you receive may vary in markings from the one in the product picture.


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24" AKAWELLE Necklace with 2.5mm sterling silver ball beads & sterling silver clasp

Silver AKAWELLE™ Necklaces are available in four lengths: 16", 18", 20", & 24".

24" AKAWELLE™ Necklace
2½mm sterling silver ball beads & sterling silver clasp

The necklaces are Solid Sterling Silver, with beads ranging from 1mm to 2½mm, depending on length.

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20" AKAWELLE Necklace with 2mm sterling silver ball beads & sterling silver clasp

18" AKAWELLE Necklace with 1.5mm sterling silver ball beads & sterling silver clasp

20" AKAWELLE™ Necklace
2mm sterling silver ball beads sterling silver clasp

18" AKAWELLE™ Necklace
1½mm sterling silver ball beads
sterling silver clasp

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16" AKAWELLE Necklace with 1mm sterling silver ball beads & sterling silver clasp Akawelle necklace with eco-suede cord

16" AKAWELLE™ Necklace
1mm sterling silver ball beads
sterling silver clasp

AKAWELLE™ Necklace
Eco-suede cord with
adjustable length

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7½" AKAWELLE™ Bracelet
3mm sterling silver ball beads
sterling silver clasp

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EXQUISITE JEWELRY, HANDCRAFTED FROM BULLETS

A very hard-working man named Michael collects the casings for us and splits them open, one at a time, by hand. I buy them from him and he uses the money to make a better life for himself in Liberia. Once I have the empty casings, the bottom is cut away from the top and the metal from the top is melted and poured into a mold for a pendant shaped like a leaf.

I chose the word ‘life’ to be inscribed into the leaf to remind myself that new life can begin after hardship. It is even possible for new life to arise from something as terrible as war.

The rough edges of the bottom of the bullet are smoothed away, then wrapped with gold-filled wire to hang beside the leaf on the necklace. This part is not melted down. I think it’s important to have part of the actual bullet untouched, to remember what it was like before.

The metal we use from the bullets is brass so the leaves themselves sometimes come out as a mix of copper and zinc. They will naturally tarnish. I think it makes them even more beautiful.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

This incredible photograph was taken in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia by CAROLYN COLE of The LA Times in 2003. When people ask where I get all the bullets from, they can just look at this photo and understand. Our bullets come from another part of the country but this gives you an idea of how many there were during the war. Now I'm using the profits from akawelle™ to help kids who have been affected by war and to rebuild my country.

When you order a necklace or bracelet, 100% of the profit goes toward The Strongheart Fellowship. Visit The Reason

While Akawelle™ is a project under a nonprofit, Akawelle™ purchases themselves are not tax-deductible for the purchaser because of the value of the necklace received.

If you want to make a donation directly to Strongheart: you can do that here:   Online Donations

HOW IT SHIPS

Domestic and international Akawelle™ orders are shipped via United States Postal Service Priority Mail service. Orders take approximately two to three business days to be processed. USPS Priority Mail orders take approximately three business days to arrive once shipped. International USPS Priority Mail orders take approximately ten to fourteen business days to arrive at the recipient's country border. At this point, the international orders are turned over to the recipient's domestic postal service and delivery times vary. If you want to receive an international order faster via Fedex or UPS, please contact orders@akawelle.com

Akawelle™ jewelry makes a wonderful gift. It comes gift packaged ready. If you are giving Akawelle™ as a gift and need a gift note included please let us know in the Note to Seller section of your order. The receipt will not be included with the order.

Any questions? Please contact Akawelle at orders@akawelle.com or Zoe Adams at 512-293-7970.

RETURN POLICY

You may return all undamaged items purchased from Akawelle™ within 21 days of the original delivery. You are responsible for the original and return shipping costs.

If the product is defective or we've made an error we will quickly replace your item without cost to you.

No returned merchandise will be accepted without a Return Material Authorization (RMA). Contact Akawelle™ at orders@akawelle.com for a RMA number and the shipping address. Please include "Akawelle Return Request" in the email subject line. We will issue you a refund within 7 days of receiving the returned item.

For questions regarding our return policy please contact Akawelle™ at orders@akawelle.com.




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