Migrant jewellers impress

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Supporting the cause . . . Robyn Baldwin admires some earrings she bought at the recent Aoraki Migrant Centre jewellery sale. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

Aoraki Migrant Centre members have found their niche – making jewellery.

The group’s collection of bracelets, necklaces and earrings, many of which were hand-made by the group’s members, recently went up for sale at Community House in Timaru.

Spoilt for choice . . . Aoraki Migrant Centre manager Rosie Knoppel adds some earrings made from espresso capsules to the sale display at Community House in Timaru last Friday. PHOTOS: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

General members of the public and staff based at Community House were among those who admired the many creations.

While some just looked, others gave in to temptation, buying either single items or complete sets.

Barbara Fleming was among them.

“I think it’s amazing. I can’t believe that they can take something that can look quite dated to something that can look quite ultra-modern,” she said.

Snapped up . . . Barbara Fleming with some of the items she bought at the jewellery sale. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

“It’s very clever. [They are] very talented people.”

One of the jewellers hails from the Philippines while another comes from South Korea.

The group plans to continue making their creations for upcoming events, including the Active Retirement Day at Trinity Church Hall on November 23.