Our Artisans

Bloom + Grace is deeply committed to forging long-term partnerships with artisans and designers in developing countries. Our product is handmade and fair trade. Our staff visits all artisans and designers to ensure that our partners comply with or exceed national and local labor laws and workplace conditions. Bloom + Grace is pleased to introduce our customers to some of the amazing men and women who produce our jewelry.

Here are a few of the stories of the talented men and women around the world who produce our Bloom + Grace line.



Name: Chantha

Age: 34

Hometown: Barkam, Pursat Province, Cambodia

About Chantha: I was born in Pursat Province. I don’t have any siblings. My mother died when I was four years old and my father was killed when I was eight years old by a notorious Khmer Rouge soldier. It was a terrible time for me. I manged to save money and used that to study graphic design and learn how to make fine jewelry.

Why did you start work as an artisan? After my father died, I was helped and supported by the Skip Organization, an orphanage center. This allowed me to continue my studies in Phnom Penh. They taught me jewelry making from the age of 14 years. I learned for nearly 4 years in the jewelry section. Since then, I have been producing jewelry for nearly 17 years now.

What inspires you? When I was in the orphanage center, I was inspired because I never thought that I was going to be able to finish high school or go to university because my parents passed away and no one took care of me.

What materials do you specialize in? I specialize in recycled bombshell, bullet casings, and silver jewelry.

What are you most proud of in life? I am very proud of our goods being sold internationally. It is unbelieveable! Thank you to those who buy my jewelry. When buy goods made by us, you are helping support our families and helping our kids go to school.

Name: Thearny

Age: 29

Hometown: Kien Sway, Kandal Province, Cambodia

About Thearny: I was born at a refugee camp near the Cambodia/Thai border. I studied and grew up at the camp, then returned to Cambodia in 1993. I finished Grade 9 only because my family was so poor and could not afford for me to finish my study. I decided to sew at home to get income for my mother and family. After I got married a jewelry artisan, I learned to produce recycled brass jewelry.

When did you start work as an artisan? I have been working as a recycled brass bomb shell artisan for more than 3 years. I specialize in melting bombshell pieces for jewelry and polishing the pieces.

What inspires you? Making bombshell jewelry inspires me because I can make our life better. We have enough income for our kids to go to school. When I was in the refugee camp, my life was full of difficulties, how my life has changed a lot.

What are you most proud of? I am very proud to have my son and daughter in my life. They both make me smile and make me happy every day. Even though they make me very busy, I love them so much. I am also proud that I make jewelry that is sold in the USA.

Name: Narith

Age: 24

Hometown: Ta Reap Dounsar Village, Kandal Province, Cambodia

About Narith: I only finished Grade 7. Before I used to study to be a mechanic, but I could not find a job, so I decided to work as a craftsman. I am so delighted to have a decent job. I can earn more income and provide support to my parents, sister and brother.

When did you start work as an artisan? I have been working as a recycled brass bomb shell artisan for more than 3 years. I specialize in melting bombshell pieces for jewelry and polishing the pieces.

What inspires you? I am more independent and have the freedom to work from home.

What is your favorite part about your work? I love working in a team and learning from each other, helping each other, and sharing experiences with each other. What are you most proud of in life? I am so proud of myself that I can produce small pieces of jewelry and can learn skills from my supervisor at our mini workshop.

Name: Wildo

Age: 24

Hometown: Leogane, Haiti

Why did you start work as an artisan? I saw a friend who works with horn. I was inspired so I started work as an artisan in 2011. Now I work in horn and wood.

What is your favorite part about your work? I love to see the material transformed.

What are you most proud of in life? I am proud to do a job that I like. Every time someone buys my work, it helps me, my family, and my co-workers.

Name: Sydney

Age: 53

Hometown: Carrefour, Haiti

What inspires you? I am a strong person and a family man. I started working as an artisan in 1982 and work with horn and bone. I am inspired by the materials’ shapes.

What is your favorite part about your work? I love to have happy customers and to hear about people who like the work.

What are you most proud of in life? I am most proud of my children. I am also proud of my work because I do it with care and it helps me provide for my family.

Name: Mellisa

Age: 23

Hometown: Highfield Harare, Zimbabwe

Current Home: Cape Town, South Africa

About Mellisa: I am a Christian lady who is hard-working, modest and someone with a need to produce results.

When did you start work as an artisan? It has been two and a half years since I started working with this group.

What inspires you? I am passionate about my work and have always wanted to work in this industry so, for me, it’s such an honor. I am inspired by jewelry that is unique, different, and draws attention. We specialize in ropes and we design them into our unique, statement pieces. Our pieces are made with love from Africa.

What are you most proud of? I see myself as an achiever in my career and I am proud of that. I also am proud to work in an environment with strong people.

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