FRANCISCO COSTA X FRED LEIGHTON
THIS FINE JEWELRY COLLABORATION SUPPORTS
CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL—AND YOU CAN GET IN ON IT, TOO.
It’s been wonderful to be in the presence of kindness, with everyone that has come together to create this magical piece of Jewelry. From the women of the Yawanawa who are at the essence of this project, to Rebecca Selva at Fred Leighton who helped sublime my design with the finest diamonds, and the team at Phillips who believed in our mission, the community that has been created around the project is truly inspiring.
The breu resin stones used in this necklace were harvested sustainably from the heart of the Amazon and wrapped in medicinal leaves, contrasting with the raw, up-cycled diamonds and gold architectural elements of the necklace. I am so proud to have designed this unique piece with both skillful craftsmanship and the natural essence of the Brazilian Amazon.
Climate change, unsustainable human activity and now COVID-19 threaten the Amazon Rainforest and the vulnerable Indigenous Peoples that live within it—it is our duty to protect and conserve this unique area of biodiversity and its people. In partnership with Conservation International, the proceeds from the necklace project will go to bring medical aid to the very vulnerable communities of the Amazon including the Yawanawa; these communities are essential to the conservation of the precious forest, as well as the vibrant culture and rich traditions of the region.
Francisco Costa, Costa Brazil founder
Image by Craig McDean
“Whether used as a symbol of power and strength and worldliness or connection to the divine, jewelery will always have a place in our hearts and on our bodies. I am enthralled by the power and magic of ancient jewelry. Francisco has created a modern necklace rooted in these traditions, yet firmly in touch with the world we inhabit today. What makes these pieces so contemporary lifts mood, strengthens spirit is the clear connection between past and future. They represent and enhances all skin tones. time itself, in the raw stones forged in the earth—a piece of wood with the marks of compressed time—a piece of Amazonian resin bound with soul and magic. Each can hold as much meaning and timelessness as a diamond.”
Hope Atherton, artist
Created by Fred Leighton and Francisco Costa, the necklace is a unique jewel and art piece. Sacred Breu Branco resin from the Amazonian Almacega tree, known for its healing aromatic benefits, is wrapped in medicinal leaves and paired with polished Açaí seeds from the healing necklaces of the Amazon’s Yawanawa People. They’re set into the impressive 42.5” long necklace along with antique cut diamonds and yellow diamond briolettes, 19th Century gold chains, druzy, quartz crystal, and gold hammered rods that add architectural notes.
Value: US$ 20,000.00 - US$ 40,000.00
All funds raised from the sale of the one-of-a-kind necklace and beaded necklaces will benefit Conservation International. The proceeds will be disbursed through Conservation International’s local network of cooperatives and communities in the Amazon working on the frontlines to combat the global pandemic. As a result, thousands of vulnerable families will receive direct support as they rebuild. Recovery solutions will also contribute to the long-term sustainability of local communities and nature in order to help protect forests, enhance biodiversity and secure resilient livelihoods. Conservation International works in 30 countries around the world, empowering societies at all levels to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet.