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The Object

BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE

Patrick Mavros’ Pangolin Collection is helping to save the endangered mammal it portrays. The pangolin: a shy, scaly little critter that’s sadly believed to be the most heavily trafficked nonhuman mammal in the world. The Chinese use the animal’s ground-up scales as medication for arthritis, rheumatism and other ailments; while pangolins are eaten as bushmeat in western and central Africa, and by some indigenous groups in south and Southeast Asia who consider it a delicacy.

Patrick Mavros’ Pangolin Collection is helping to save the endangered mammal it portrays Tavonga.

The pangolin: a shy, scaly little critter that’s sadly believed to be the most heavily trafficked nonhuman mammal in the world. The Chinese use the animal’s ground-up scales as medication for arthritis, rheumatism and other ailments; while pangolins are eaten as bushmeat in western and central Africa, and by some indigenous groups in south and Southeast Asia who consider it a delicacy.

In certain areas of Zimbabwe, however, the pangolin is considered sacred. The country’s Tikki Hywood Foundation and Trust work closely with authorities to increase conviction rates for people caught killing and/ or smuggling pangolins.

At the Patrick Mavros headquarters in the hilly outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, wildlife and family are the central priorities. The family business operates out of a studio and wildlife sanctuary here, as well as an atelier in Mauritius. They’re passionate about bringing the beauty of Africa to the world through hand-crafted jewellery and sculptures in sterling silver and 18-carat gold—inspired by their home country’s extraordinary wildlife such as the hippo, elephant and crocodile. The Pangolin Collection was created by one of Patrick Mavros’ four sons, Patrick Jr, to help save this endangered creature, in association with the Tikki Hywood Trust; 10% of sales from this collection is donated to the foundation to continue its conservation efforts.

The jewellery epitomises the beauty of this rare African anteater, mirroring its beautiful overlapping body plates. The signature Pangolin Haka Cuff is a bold and remarkably detailed piece of jewellery in gold or silver: perfectly tapered at the ends, with each ‘scale’ polished by hand; hidden on its inside surface are tiny engraved ants marching in quirky formation. It’s a distinctive piece, like the animal it celebrates—making a statement that cannot be ignored. The stunning ladies’ collection also includes stacking cuffs, rings, necklaces and pendants, contemporary silver earrings, and yellow gold stud earrings.

Indeed, Patrick Mavros jewellery represents a safari of adventure, romance and, above all, unquestionable quality. It’s mystical. It’s magical. It’s conservation through jewellery. Visit www.patrickmavros.com for more information

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