Angkor Bullet Jewellery was founded by Chantha Thoenun. His mother passed away when he was 4 years old and his father was killed by Khmer Rouge when he was 8. Chantha then went to live with his grandparents and at age 12, with the support from a local NGO, he went to train as a jeweler in Pursat province. After he finished his education, he worked for about 15 years in jewelry design and jewelry making for an NGO, until he started his own social enterprise in 2011 together with his wife Thearny Kol. They work with a home-based team of jewelry artisans and together they transform old Khmer Rouge bullet casings and bombshells into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
SOME WORDS FROM THE DESIGNER
I use bullet casings and bomb shells as I want to showcase the plight of the Khmer people and what they have had to endure in our recent past. I believe it is a strong statement about my country and what the Khmer people can do and expresses hope rising from tragic circumstances that inspires my designs. Turning something negative that was used to kill millions of Khmer people including my dad into something of beauty, hope, strength and endurance! From war to peace.