African jewelry designers date back in history. People would collect organic materials such animals, shells, stones and more. The wood and stones would then be carved and shaped into different forms to create beautiful and unique pieces. Besides being used as bodily adornments, these pieces would also signify wealth or status in society.
They also had cultural, religious and sentimental meanings. They were typically worn on their necks, ears , arms , noses and as hair ornaments and headdresses.
As we dive into the world of contemporary African jewelry design we notice that elements of tradition are used. Jewelry design has become an art form and a way to showcase our culture.
Modern designers are also taking sustainability into consideration. These designers are aware of their impact on the environment.
Jewelry designers often need specialized skills to create intricate pieces, the local artisans in the communities are afforded the opportunity to work at these jewelers.
An outfit is best accentuated by a necklace, a bracelet or even a brooch. It's the little pieces that just give one an awesome feeling.
Jewelry can be fun and simple as well as casual or it can be serious, formal or sophisticated. These days there are very few rules as to what type of jewelry to wear for day or night and for which event. It is now all about individual taste, price and enjoyment.
In a growing industry, Africa has a share of innovative jewelry designers. Below is a list of some of the awesome designers we have discovered: