Mazahri is a sustainable and woman-owned company, creating modern jewelry and treasures inspired by ancient Afghanistan.
Mazahri's Sustainability & Transparency
Mazahri sources all of its colored stones from trusted partners that ensure fully traceable gemstones from artisanal and small-scale miners who are paid fair wages and afforded decent health and safety standards.
Mazahri is also a Fairmined Gold-licensed brand and only uses Fairmined gold in the production of their jewelry. Fairmined is a third-party assurance label certifying gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. Gold with this label meets world-leading standards for responsible practices.
Finally, Mazahri uses only Canadamark diamonds, which are certified to be responsibly mined in Canada’s Northwest Territories with respect for the sustainability of the natural environment and people living in the community.
Promoting Girls' & Women's Rights
Mazahri is an advocate for the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. We're proud to partner with them by donating 10% of the selling price of their jewelry to Women for Afghan Women International, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Afghan women and girls.
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My name is Zulaikha Aziz, and I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. My family fled to the U.S. as refugees in the 1980s, and we settled in Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, DC.
I studied International Development and Economics at university so I could assist in the growth of conflict and post-conflict countries like my homeland. After a couple of years of working in the field, I realized that legal and regulatory structural change was needed for the type of growth and reduction of poverty I wanted to impact, so I went to law school at UC Berkeley. There, I fell in love with human rights law and worked on a two-year study of the impact of detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on released detainees.
Since graduating in 2008, I have had diverse work experiences ranging from domestic constitutional law issues to immigration and refugee law to international human rights law, which is what I focus on now in addition to my jewelry brand, Mazahri.
I’ve always been a very creative person and designed clothing, jewelry, and objects since I was a child. I would design small jewelry pieces and create them with local artisans during each of my work assignments as a way to connect with the local communities I was working in and keep a lasting memento of my time there.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that one doesn’t have to just “work” or exist in one discipline. I’m a multifaceted individual, and I think I’ve always been a designer; I’m just owning it in a more impactful way through my designs for Mazahri.
All my pieces are inspired by ancient Afghan designs, motifs, and symbols as well as my personal story as a refugee and my human rights work, particularly the people and communities I work with.
There is a strong spiritual aspect to my work as I believe jewelry is an important vessel for connecting us to each other as well as to the planet and to our source. Jewelry has served this purpose throughout time and it has definitely played this role in my life. When my family fled Afghanistan, we were forced to leave everything behind, save some ancestral jewelry my grandmother brought over with her. She used this jewelry to teach me about my culture and heritage, and it has served as a deeply connective element in my life.
I strive to create pieces that will be similarly meaningful for those who resonate with my jewelry, heirlooms that gain increasing importance as they are passed down.
The Tillya Tepe collection is my very first collection, and it is deeply personal for me. Many of the pieces in the collection are inspired by a 1978 archeological excavation of Bactrian artifacts in Sheberghan, a city in Jowzjan Province in the North of Afghanistan. The excavation was named Tillya Tepe, translating to Hill of Gold in Uzbek, one of the languages of the region, because so many important gold pieces were uncovered.
To me, this excavation represents the rich and diverse heritage of Afghanistan, which is often overlooked and has even disappeared in modern media. My Tillya Tepe collection pays homage to the rich depth and beauty of Afghanistan, which, despite the war and destruction it has faced in modern times, is truly a land overflowing in natural wonder and human artistry.
Certain pieces in the collection are also inspired by my own family’s ancestral jewelry, particularly a ring from my great-grandmother that I wear to this day so this collection also holds personal significance in that regard.
My intention is that people who resonate with my pieces feel the spiritual energy that has inspired each piece, become aware of the meaning and significance behind the motifs used, and most importantly, that they know concretely where the materials that were used came from, how they were obtained, how each piece was made, and how it is impacting both people and the planet.
Mazahri prides itself on its accountability and transparency and is committed to providing evidence of the materials we use in each of our pieces. We are proud to be a Fairmined-certified brand and to make all of our pieces with 18K Fairmined gold. We are also very careful about sourcing our gemstones and only work with suppliers that can demonstrate the provenance of their stones down to the mines they were excavated from.
We are grateful for our gemstone suppliers that have built longstanding relationships with artisanal and small scale mining communities around the world, and we seek to support them and their efforts by highlighting the importance of knowing who mined your gemstones and how they were mined.
I am very proud that Robert Goodman is my first retail partner because of their commitment to ethical and sustainable practices, their support of diversity and inclusion in the jewelry industry and beyond, and their unabashed promotion of environmental and human rights values that I also hold.
I deeply resonate with Bob’s grandfather’s story of coming to America with nothing and starting completely from scratch in order to create a life for his family; it is the story of my family as well and of so many Americans. I believe deeply that everything happens for a reason, and my partnership with Robert Goodman is a testament to that.
I’m grateful for the interest in Mazahri, and I look forward to connecting with folks who resonate with my designs. Ultimately, Mazahri is a human endeavor created to add more joy and connection in the world, and we hope that is felt through our pieces and our processes.