The new collection introduces a fresh contemporary take on the traditional ethnic bracelet, using natural lava-stone beads to allow essential oils, like relaxing lavender or an invigorating lemon oil, to gently diffuse during the day or night.
The renowned Buddhist teacher, His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, has blessed each bracelet and 10% of each sale will be donated to the Bhrikuti Himalayan Foundation, a private charity that raises much-needed funds for children affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal.
‘I wanted to explore the more informal side of design while still staying within our MARIJOLI aesthetic,’ explains Byworth who was inspired to create the new collection following several visits to Nepal this year.
Struck by the devastating impact of the earthquake on families with young children, the designer decided to use traditional materials like lava-stone in a modern and original way mixing organic forms and materials including onyx, amethyst, blue agate, and rose quartz to create simple sculptural bracelets with an emphasis on youthful style.
Byworth’s trademark fascination with purity is also evident with each bracelet featuring lava-, sandalwood or 20,000 to 50,000-year-old amber beads alongside a chic MARIJOLI silver charm. The easy-to-wear pieces are handmade by mothers in Hong Kong.
‘The way we craft the bracelets and how they diffuse the essentials oils is unique, but most importantly, I believe that today’s consumers are very conscious about what they are buying,’ Byworth says.
The designer says she enjoys working on an intimate ethical scale with a strong connection to the environment ‘Our lives are so fast paced so we instinctively reach for what is real and organic and it is good to know that a purchase will also make a difference to a child’s life in Nepal.’
The new collection is available in three sizes (suitable for young children and adults, men or women) and ranges from HK$500 to HK$,4’500.
It is available at PMQ Hong Kong's creative enclave and home to the designer's bijou atelier and some pre-order online at www.marijoli.com