Pippa Small Personal Appearance Thursday May 2nd
Join us Thursday May 2nd as we welcome Pippa Small back to Elements. We will have an expanded selection of Pippa's jewelry and she will be here herself to customize pieces - it's the perfect opportunity to get a truly unique piece of jewelry. Bring a friend and enjoy a Bellini as you shop the collection. Remember Mother's Day is right around the corner!
Pippa Small grew up in a family of artists and travelers. Spending her childhood exploring the world with her mother and siblings she became inspired by the many fascinating cultures she encountered. Later she completed a Masters in Medical Anthropology, by then her interests in human rights among minorities, indigenous and tribal groups were already well cultivated which led her going on to work with grass roots local organizations in Borneo, Thailand and India, looking at ways of protecting indigenous lands, knowledge and biodiversity.
Pippa soon gathered a following of admirers, which grew rapidly, this then led to collaberation with Christina Kim from Dosa in 2000; Nicole Farhi in 2001; Tom Ford at Gucci 2002 and Chloe under Phoebe Philo. She then went on to work with Bamford, helping to bring an ethical jewellery collection to the company.
Pippa was made an ambassador of the human rights organization Survival International in 2008 and awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2013 for ethical jewellery and charity work. She also won Ethical Jeweller of the Year and the prestigious Walpole Corporate Social Responsibility award in 2016. Pippa was also named winner of the Green Sustainability Award for Sustainability by Town and Country magazine.
She has ventured further in exploring ways of making jewellery, reviving traditional skills and techniques in communities in Central and South America and Southern Africa. She has worked with the world’s first registered Fair trade gold mine in Bolivia and with the esteemed Fair trade company MADE based in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi. Pippa also works with the prestigious charity Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan where they are approaching their tenth year of collaboration and now in Burma, helping train and employ artisans to promote traditional skills, and is hoping this year to launch a project with Turquoise Mountain working with Syrian refugees.