Poignant, precious, profound: Legacy Collection offers handmade pieces that are a striking token of justice, equality, forgiveness and freedom.
Hand-crafted and encased in precious metal, every Legacy Collection piece – from dazzling jewellery to iconic art – is created from the original fence of South Africa’s Robben Island prison, the notorious Cape Town Island prison that housed freedom fighters including Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu and many more during South Africa's oppressive apartheid years.
Created from the rugged, raw fence, Legacy Collection jewellery bears the tactile scars of South Africa’s past, while reflecting the powerful spirit of those who overcame. Every Legacy Collection creation is a limited edition and comes with a unique serial number and a certificate of authenticity.
The Journey of the Robben Island Fence
The story of the Robben Island prison fence goes back to 2009, when Cape Town artist Chris Swift, went on a tour to Robben Island Prison. He noticed the maximum security prison fencing bound for a landfill, as it was rusted and beyond repair.
Chris at that time created art out of found objects and waste, so he saw the value in this original fencing, that once held Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu and many other prisoners.
Now the Robben Island prison fence, through art and conservation, is helping to create sustainable jobs and freeing every day people from the prison of poverty towards a brighter future.
Charmaine Taylor - The Artist
Born and raised in South Africa, Charmaine witnessed the cruelty of apartheid as a young child and saw the miracle transformation of her country starting with the release of Nelson Mandela and then the first peaceful Democratic Election in 1994.
Charmaine is a proud female entrepreneur, passionate about supporting local business. In 2012, Charmaine partnered with RIACT (custodian of the Robben Island Fence) and was granted the right to design artwork and have exclusive rights to create jewellery from the Robben Island Prison fence.
Committed to the continued investment in South Africa’s development, 10% of all sales from Legacy Collection go towards sustainable development projects.
Abalimi Bezekhaya (The Planters) and Harvest of Hope
At Abalimi we assist individuals, groups and community based organisations to initiate and maintain permanent organic food growing and nature conservation projects as the basis for sustainable lifestyles, self-help job creation, poverty alleviation and environmental renewal.