Disarming Charms

© Joel Stans

Two brands make accessories for good.

Since 2011 Fonderie 47 has been performing a kind of humanitarian alchemy, turning confiscated AK-47s from Eastern Congo into high-end jewelry, like this $195,000 red-gold watch, and channeling a portion of profits to fund the destruction of guns in war-torn pockets of Africa. Last year founder Peter Thum turned to America, partnering with cities like Phila­delphia and Chicago to turn guns and bullet casings into a more accessible line of jewelry called Liberty United, which includes these rings and pendants (from $35). A quarter of the proceeds goes to initiatives that address gun violence.