Robben Island symbol of oppression given new life

Bizarre as it sounds, a symbol of oppression – metres of ugly meshed prison wire – has been transformed into trendy earrings, pendants and cufflinks.

Paula Abdul is just one celebrity who proudly lays claim to wear a piece of the “reincarnated” Robben Island fence, Grace ­Earrings, ­fashioned by Cape Town jeweller Charmaine Taylor.

And when Taylor met Fran­cesca Eastwood (Clint’s daughter) in Los Angeles last year, Eastwood saw – and immediately wanted – the Reign pendant, made from the same fence. Another celeb, Frances Fisher, the Titanic actress, wears the Release pendant from the same range.

Read it at the M&G.

Image – Charmaine Taylor. (M&G)