Precious Afghanistan

15 March 2012

Porchester Hall, London WC1

An evening exploring Afghanistan's precious gemstones and jewellery   

Sophia Swire, founder of The Jewellery and Gem-Cutting School in Kabul, will talk about modern day lapis, emerald and sapphire mining.  She will also describe the training available for gemstone cutting in-country.

Sima Vaziry will tell the story of her journey from Iran as a teenager in 1978, how she overcame many obstacles in the UK and became one of Britain’s most impressive new jewellery designers.  Sima works with gold, silver and lapis lazuli and includes ancient inscriptions in Persian from famous poets like Jalāl ud-Dīn Muhmmad Rūmī.

There will be raw gemstone and jewellery displays as well as a traditional Afghan bazaar with clothing, carpets and other textiles. Guests will also have the opportunity to make jewellery alongside some of the UK’s emerging young talents.  There will be live music and traditional dance.

This charitable event is the brainchild of Lady Bridget Cowper-Coles, who developed a love of Afghan culture, fashion and design through her travels in the country.

Those interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering their time should contact Amanda Curley on or +44 (0) 20 7065 0825.