dbetta: Culturally Rich Jewellery
Originally known as Le Collane di Betta, the contemporary, sustainable fashion jewellery brand dbetta was founded by its current CEO Elisabetta Capolino. Born in Rome, into a family of Italian fine jewellers, Elisabetta acquired the skills and savour fair from the most antique traditions of luxury crafts “made in Italy”.
In 1996, Elisabetta developed a special bond with Africa after moving to Ethiopia. She then started to design her first collection of jewellery, a combination of European heritage and cultural aspects of the rest of the world. In 1998 Elisabetta moved to Kenya with her family where she founded the company Le Collane Ltd and began production of the jewellery collections using locally sourced materials and working together with local artisans, as well as female entrepreneurial groups, to create a sustainable and sophisticated production suitable for an international market.
The craft techniques used for the production of dbetta’s collections are an essential aspect of the brand’s design. These techniques include metal casting, an ancestral technique that has been passed down from generation to generation, hand beading, carving and glasswork. dbetta has collaborated with artisans in Kenya for more than 20 years and sustained its partnerships through training and development of the artisans’ businesses.
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