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Van­le­les, a high-end brand by founder and head de­signer Va­nia Le­les, presents riv­et­ing col­lec­tions – the Sa­hara col­lec­tion crafted in eth­i­cal gold and di­a­monds, and the Out of Africa line ded­i­cated to Mozam­bi­can ru­bies and rubel­lites.

For the Sa­hara col­lec­tion, Va­nia notes that she was im­pressed by the work be­ing done at Women for Women In­ter­na­tional in Africa and be­yond. The 17-year-old char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion in Western Africa serves over 56,000 women through their pro­gramme in Nige­ria alone. “I was blown away by the sto­ries of com­pas­sion, re­silience and brav­ery. With limited ac­cess to health ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion, pa­tri­ar­chal norms, and mount­ing vi­o­lence, Nige­rian women con­tin­u­ally strug­gle to gain eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and equal­ity. I’m proud to part­ner with them and launch my first eth­i­cal gold and di­a­mond col­lec­tion, Sa­hara.”

The ele­gant col­lec­tion is crafted from Fair­trade gold and del­i­cately adorned with eth­i­cally sourced di­a­monds. As al­ways, Africa serves as Va­nia’s muse, and she draws in­spi­ra­tion from the rooftops of tra­di­tional desert and West African tribal houses, us­ing their cone­shaped form to cre­ate the cen­tre­piece of each of her de­signs. The col­lec­tion has been launched in the UK and US, priced from £3,000 on­wards.

The Out of Africa col­lec­tion ex­alts the beauty of Mozam­bique’s ru­bies and rubel­lites. The cap­sule col­lec­tion con­sists of four dra­matic pairs of ear­rings, two cock­tail rings, and a choker com­posed with a com­bi­na­tion of large pear-shaped rubel­lites and round bril­liant ru­bies. The bold sin­gu­lar colour with slightly dif­fer­ing hues lends a con­tem­po­rary touch with di­a­monds, high­light­ing the dra­matic red of the gems.

Avail­able at VAN­LE­LES, UK­niale­

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