Sarah Colvin lives in a village in Kent. She loves drinking tea and she loves being creative. She has found real joy in making original jewellery from well-known products. One of the most well-known products in England is, of course, TEA, so Sarah uses tea box packaging to make beautiful necklaces. But there’s more to Sarah’s story than just drinking tea and making jewellery.
Earlier this year, Sarah went to South Africa for 3 months to volunteer for an HIV/Aids charity called Ethembeni, which means a “place of hope.” While at a women’s empowerment project there, she learned how to make jewellery. After a few weeks in South Africa, Sarah had a real sense that she should return long-term and use her skills as an Occupational Therapist for the charity.
In January 2013, Sarah will go back to South Africa for 2 – 3 years. She will be developing a palliative care unit for HIV patients, carrying out home visits, and will continue her involvement in the empowerment project. In order to raise funds for her work (she will not be receiving a salary), she set up a jewellery business, making and selling necklaces made from Yorkshire Tea (as pictured in this post), Whittards Tea, Clipper Tea, and Twinings Tea box packaging.
To order a custom-made tea necklace or any of Sarah’s other unique jewellery, visit and Like her Facebook page.
Sarah’s tea necklaces are not only charming – they’re fun! I have seen a lot of tea jewellery in my day, but these necklaces are by far the most distinctive.
To celebrate our recent milestone of reaching 1,000 fans on the Tea in England Facebook page (thank you, everyone!) I am giving away a 23-inch Yorkshire Tea necklace (the one pictured in this post) made by Sarah. Anyone can enter; I will post worldwide.
How to Enter
1. Leave a comment to this post telling me something about tea such as your favourite tea, a tea quotation, a special tea experience, or anything else as long as it’s about tea. You MUST also include your email address or a link to your email address. Any comment without an email address in it will not be considered.
2. Entries will be accepted until 5pm GMT (12pm noon EST) on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
A random number generator will then be used to select a winner who will in turn be notified via email by Monday, December 3, 2012, and announced shortly thereafter on the blog. I will send out the necklace to the winner by December 10, 2012.
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