Silver Collectables is run by Vali Cohen in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. “What started as an impulse, creating silver pillboxes for myself using the lost wax process, gave me so much more than the pleasure of indulging my hobby – an opportunity to create work for wonderful artists and artisans who have helped me develop my interest into a community based business.
I work closely with the carvers who create the image in wax. They are enthusiastic about the business as they enjoy bringing Africa to life through the animals, fruits and flowers. Vali-Cohen Collectibles are therefore crafted with enthusiasm and excitement. They are silver with a soul.
The carvers’ work is typical of the region – and I encourage them to bring in their own creativity and ideas. My main carver is Driefontein trained and his detail is beautiful. He has designed and created a wonderful Serima series depicting rural life – and he receives commission on all pieces sold.
Our product is sterling silver and we belong to The Standards Association to ensure our product is of the highest quality.”