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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

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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 ordnance left over from America's deadliest war - are on display on the sidelines of New York Fashion Week.

Crafted by artisans in Laos, who smelted shrapnel in straw-roofed workshops, they are distributed by Brooklyn startup Article 22 and now sold in nearly 40 countries.

Inscriptions such as "love is the bomb" and "dropped + made in Laos" are engraved into the metal, a play on modern slang in which "bomb" means "cool", not...

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