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.

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
Creator and owner

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% profits 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 creationpoverty alleviation and environmental renewal.



COPT Community Outreach Program Trust (through framed art, RIACT) The COP Trust provides an opportunity for Businesses and ordinary South Africans to make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of their fellow citizens. Whatever our status, our creed, our race, we are compelled to do what we can to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged of our people. Ours is not to solve but to resolve to make a difference.


Contact us in South Africa

Email: info@legacycollection.org

Phone: +27 21 531 3219

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