Turquoise Mountain was founded in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to revive historic areas and traditional crafts, to provide jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.
Turquoise Mountain has built over 50 small businesses in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East, supporting a new generation of artisan entrepreneurs who will not only drive economic development, but also preserve their unique cultures and traditions.
Jewellery Apprenticeship Programme
In partnership with the Swarovski Foundation, Turquoise Mountain support Jordanians, Syrian and Palestinian refugee artisans, through an intensive jewellery apprenticeship programme. They will acquire craft and business skills and the ability to create high-quality jewellery products for international markets, enabling them to have improved access to sustainable incomes, embrace their rich cultural heritage and focus on remote, independent work during and after the pandemic.
Through intensive apprenticeship programmes acquiring craft and business skills, and the ability to create high-quality products for international markets, Syrian and Jordanian artisans will have improved access to sustainable incomes, which engage with and embrace their rich cultural heritage.
“I am so pleased to partner with the Swarovski Foundation on our project, Sustainable Employment, Empowerment and Heritage: Jewellery Apprenticeships for Refugee Women in Jordan. Through this project, we will provide training and opportunities for women in these vulnerable communities, supporting them to learn new skills and earn sustainable incomes.” – Shoshana Stewart, CEO.
With Turquoise Mountain’s decade of experience combining education, business, and culture, we aim to support refugees and Jordanians to produce jewellery to the highest international standards, and provide livelihoods with a focus on remote, independent work during and after the pandemic.
Building on entry-level jewellery training programmes in Amman and Zaatari refugee camp, the workshop will be run by master jewellers and trainers in Amman, and will provide trainees with remote options, online learning, social media training, and a workshop-in-a-box.