During a tour of Cape Town’s infamous Robben Island in 2009, found-object artist Christopher Swift noticed that the original prison fence was being replaced. He took possession of the fence and approached Charmaine Taylor, who created Legacy Collection – a bespoke jewellery range that enables patrons to wear pieces of South African history.
“When you’re covered with love, grace and forgiveness you transform a broken past into something beautiful. Legacy Collection symbolises that while scars remain, they remind us of how peace and reconciliation were achieved in South Africa and can occur across our world.” - Charmaine Taylor.
Taylor says that each piece is named to commemorate a struggle that South Africa’s people have endured. Legacy Collection embodies justice, equality, forgiveness and freedom, making each piece of jewellery a reminder of what former president Nelson Mandela fought for.
You too can own a piece of the maximum security fence used to contain Nelson Mandela during the apartheid era. Each stunning piece of jewellery is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and is marked by a number to show its unique place in the collection.
This best-selling design follows the outline of the African continent and outlines the history of the South African freedom fighters who were imprisoned on Cape Town’s infamous Robben Island....more
Where wrists are no longer bound comes a bracelet worthy of celebration....more
Much like the Christian messiah, many South African political icons dedicated their lives to the salvation of the people....more
By reusing the fence, the designer reminds the wearer of the hostility once suffered by South African people and suggests there is justice to be found...more
Double down on style with these stackable rings....more
The wrongdoings of South African History are acknowledged and addressed in this Gold Plated Pendant....more
This pair of gold-plated dangle earrings is made to shine. The designers instil South African heritage in the elegant duo by using locally-sourced raw materials...more
Cufflinks form part of the finer details of a well-dressed man....more
The designer of this cross-like necklace has taken careful consideration in juxtaposing the materials featured. Be a part of something bigger than yourself and wear your faith on your chest....more
With five diamonds embedded at the centre, it is a timeless jewel for the consciously stylish. This meaningful ornament is also available in luscious yellow gold....more
This sterling silver bracelet has a charm about it that invokes curiosity and emotion....more
The design is striking and truly authentic....more
Own one of South Africa’s most historic and iconic pieces of history with this bangle....more
Exclusive and extremely limited in supply, this ring echoes history....more
At the centre of the ring are two pieces of the fence from Robben Island prison....more
With an appeal that can only be felt, it invokes a sense of dynamic movement and unity....more
Unique pieces of the Robben Island prison fence have been sealed, plated in gold and hung from a 55 cm gold chain....more
The designer behind these hand-twisted sterling silver earrings uses pieces of the same fence to mark a rough border on the African continent, finding justice for those who were wronged....more
Now stocked at the Nobel Peace Center in Norway, this breathtaking piece of jewellery embodies a quest for serenity and global well-being....more
It garnishes any outfit with touches of unique spice and colour that simply can’t be duplicated....more
What results is not only an accessory but a token of the enduring power of hope and reclamation. This poignant ring is made for the considered collector who values significance as well as beauty....more