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British independent jewellers donate pieces for an online auction raising funds for grassroots charity, Women for Afghan Women, in the wake of Taliban takeover

New mother Rosie Lillis was devasted to hear about the situation in Afghanistan, with the Taliban seizing control of the country, and was especially disturbed by the hardships women and children are facing. Rather than sit back idly, she decided to take matters in her own hands.
 
The founder of her eponymous communications firm in London partnered with 25 British jewellers and fine art auction house Roseberys to host an online fundraising auction, Jewellers for Afghanistan, to raise money for the charity Women for Afghan Women. The grassroots organisation is working to help vulnerable women and girls and provide them with resources, shelter and care during this crisis.

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Participating brands include Solange, Annoushka, Shaun Leane, Bouchier and Otiumberg, with each designer donating a piece of jewellery worth between £270 and £1,750.
 
“As a female-run business and brand at Boochier, female empowerment means everything to us. The current situation in Afghanistan is absolutely heartbreaking to see and we are honoured to be part of this cause,” said Melinda Zeman, founder of Hong Kong-based colourful jewellery brand Boochier.

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Annoushka Ducas, founder of her namesake brand said, “It’s impossible to understand the uncertainty which Afghans currently face. Having to flee their homes and their country—it’s unbearable. It goes without saying I would support this cause and urge others to do what they can. The smallest contribution or gesture accumulatively makes an enormous difference.”

Bidding on the items has opened via the Roseberys website here, with the sale running from September 27 to October 4. The auction house has waived their fees for this sale, so 100 per cent of the proceeds raised will go directly to the charity.

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