Following a stint as an analyst at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, Singapore-born Lynette Ong decided to jump ship and start her own fashion jewellery brand, Edge of Ember. Featuring bold geometric designs, the collection is crafted in Fair Trade artisan workshops that Ong discovered when she was travelling in Bali and Cambodia.
Ten per cent of the company’s profits are channelled back into local charities such as Riverkids, which helps children who are at risk of abuse and sex trafficking in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Many of the brand’s pieces are also made from recycled bombshells. “Not only is repurposing the discarded metal sustainable,” says Ong, “it’s also a symbolic transformation of an unpleasant historical reminder into something beautiful.”
For other philanthropic jewellery projects, read about Pippa Small’s pieces created with Afghan artisans and Astley Clarke’s bracelet in support of children’s education