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Mettle's Globe-Trotting Jewelry

From bombshells to baubles

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In these times of small-batch big brands and fair trade everything else, it all starts to sound like a load of co-opted cow patty.

Unless it’s not.

With her conscientious new jewelry line, Mettle, designer Brianna Hallihan keeps it real — and breathtakingly beautiful.

The Central Saint Martin’s fashion school grad was so inspired by treks between her native Australia and Indonesia that she co-founded an artisan-run Cambodian workshop to produce her statement designs.

Hammered silver- and gold-plated belts, gladiator cuffs, and bags are sourced from Khmer Rouge bomb remnants and finished with bits of recycled Lucite. A gilded shoulder pouch and fisty cuff bracelets — which double as anklets using an adjustable chain-link clasp — manage to be both hard-core and graceful.

Bonus: The line’s mostly $100-range prices are as nice as its backstory. Resulting in ethical fashion we’d (gasp) wear.

For reals.

Available at shopbop.com, $45.50-$258. To see styles, go to mettleonline.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Mettle