'Courage' Sterling Lava Bead Choker | Sterling Silver

'Courage' Sterling Lava Bead Choker | Sterling Silver


In 2002, Mount Nyiragongo erupted 20km north of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This eruption destroyed more than forty percent of the city, including schools and hospitals, leaving about 120,000 people homeless. The remnants of the eruption can still be seen today with lava stone covering much of the landscape.


These special edition pieces were created to honour the courage, strength and resilience of the communities surrounding Mount Nyiragongo and to raise funds for The Tchukudu Kids Home in Goma.  50%  percent of the proceeds from these pieces go directly to the children, helping to provide food, safety, shelter and most importantly love, for over 140 children. We thank you!

  • About this necklace

    The sterling silver lava bead in our 'Courage' choker is cast from real lava. Strung on hand-dyed, deep red leather, with two sterling beads on both sides. The clasp has a tag with the word "life" stamped into it. The piece looks great on its own but also works perfectly layered with your favourite pieces.

    This piece was designed in collaboration with The Art of Courage (TAOC). The Art of Courage is a platform for storytelling through art to create awareness, educate, advocate, and raise funds to change lives. TAOC funds various projects to empower local leaders to help the most vulnerable women and children.

    • Hand-cast bead
    • Sterling silver
    • Hand-dyed leather
    • In partnership with The Art of Courage
  • About our leather

    Our leather is a curated collection of Canadiana tones. Each colour is chosen for its rich, deep tone and represents our memories and love of the Canadian landscape. The artisans who create the shades have over 100 years’ combined experience in blending and creating dyes.

    The sun is used to naturally warm and dry the colours in a slow process that allows the hide to expand, take in the colour, and set in a complete cure. It’s the most environmentally friendly way to make your leather cord beautiful with the least impact on the environment.

    All of the dyes used in our leathers are certified 100% Lead-Free and meet all requirements of the German Goods Ordinance, REACH (European Union), RoSH (U.K.), and CPSIA (U.S.) which require consumer goods to be free of Lead, AZO’s and carcinogenic chemicals.

  • A note about wear + care

    As with all special jewelry, this piece requires love and care. Please be sure to remove your piece before bathing, swimming or doing messy labour. With the right care, this piece will last you for many wonderful years.

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