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Vietnam bombs transformed into NY jewellery

The pieces made by Laos artisans are distributed by a Brooklyn startup and are sold in nearly 40 countries

Artisans smelt ordnance fragments into a thick, shiny liquid that will become bangles, necklaces and pendants. Jewels made from Ban Naphia bombs now sell in 39 countries through 150 retailers.

New York

FORTY years after the end of the Vietnam war, US bombs dropped along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos have become expensive jewellery worn by American fashionistas.

Delicate bracelets encrusted with diamonds, bronze pendants, necklaces and drop earrings - all made from