This is where we have the answers to many of the questions that are frequently asked. We hope the following responses are helpful. If you still have general inquiries please feel free to contact us.
Q:WHAT IS THE JEWELRY MADE FROM?
The jewelry we make is handcrafted from remains of weapons of conflict in Cambodia such as bullet shells and bomb shells. We work with only brass components to upcycle it into jewelry.
Q:FROM WHERE DOES THE SCRAP METAL COME?
Procured from foundries in Cambodia that receive metal from families who own property where metal has been demined professionally and from local scrap collectors.
Q:IS THERE LEAD POISONING?
Lead is found in remains that we use to rework into jewelry pieces such as bullets as well as the explosive that ignites gunpowder. When a bullet is fired, it gets so hot that that lead actually vaporizes. The remains are furthermore cleaned and is re-liquefied into a mold later.
Q:IS THERE A CHANCE THERE IS RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION?
There were no nuclear weapons used in Cambodia.
Q: Can I cancel an order once it has been placed?
In an effort to get our shipments to our customers as quickly as possible, your order cannot be canceled or modified once it is placed. However, you may be able to return your items to us once you receive them. Please contact us for details at email@example.com
Q: Do you restock products that are sold out?
Most of our styles are seasonal or limited editions; this means that once they sell out they will not be restocked. However, some of our classic styles are frequently restocked.
Q: How are your products sourced?
A: Currently, the beneficiaries of our program are artisans who are employed by cooperatives through fair-trade upcycling weapons of conflict into jewelry.
Q: Does the Purple Buddha Project hope to expand its efforts to other parts of the world?
A: Absolutely. We are very excited about the opportunity to take our programs to other areas of the world that are in need.
Q: How does the money from my purchase change lives?
A: The Purple Buddha Project focuses on both the input & output of the benefits that can be created whereas most of our competitors or those with similar endeavor solely focus on one aspect. 1. The Purple Buddha Project up cycles weapons of conflict metal that would otherwise be sold as scrap metal while employing local disadvantaged artisans through fair-trade. 2. With the purchase of every jewelry piece, the Purple Buddha Project campaigns to have 9 meals for children who attend school free of cost.
Q: Where did the name “Purple Buddha Project” come from?
A: The name was originally named to honor to founder’s friend who passed away during a skating accident.
Q: Do you answer questions on your blog yourself?
A: I try my best to answer those questions even though at times the Tumblr inbox does get filled up faster than I can actually reply to the answers. Any answers answered are directly from me, Forrest Curran.