African Adornment


We’ve hand-picked some locally designed jewellery pieces that will either remind you of home, or be that perfect memento of an unforgettable holiday.


Cleopatra Crescent Earrings by InKaturah


Created by former architect Siphathisiwe Hlongwane and inspired by ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, these wooden earrings, with glass bead and brass detailing, take the form of the ruler’s iconic fringe.


Inyanga Collection by Indwe Designs


This collection of hand-made leather earrings by Nondwe Nyathi, most of which are once-off designs, is inspired by the phases of the moon.


Wildcard No.21 by Kirsten Goss

R2 190,

Attached to an 80cm chain, designer Kirsten Goss’s organic multi-tiered medallion is made from 18-carat gold vermeil, and forms part of the brand’s new Wildcard collection.


My African Queen Necklace by MichL

R2 200,

Made from a combination of 18-carat gold-plated brass and telephone wire, My African Queen was designed by Michelle Liao to be worn as a statement piece.


Nyasha Tassel Earrings by Marabou Essentials


Marabou Essentials aims to blend traditional African aesthetics with urban culture. Designed by Fentse Mokale, these eye-catching tassel earrings are available in seven different colourways with three different colour rope options.


NYANSAPO – The Wisdom Knot by MAG Urban African Accessories


Andile Mdakane’s colourful earrings are inspired by Adinkra symbols. Available in various sizes, they’re made by hand using laser-cutting technology.


Woven Cable Neckpiece by Songezo Baleni

R34 800,

Inspired by one of his cable knit jerseys, designer Songezo Baleni creates intricate pieces using traditional grass bangle weaving techniques.


Moon Shadow Earrings by Pichulik

R1 230,

Katherine-Mary Pichulik’s rope designs have become iconic and have travelled the globe. Available in two sizes and three colourways, this pair is made from rope using wax cotton. They’re embellished with brass detailing and 22-carat gold-plated ear pieces.


Be Great Ready to Wear Collection by Ida Elsje

From R6 500 to R8 500,

For this range, designer Ida Elsje wanted to create a magical contrast between the rough, matte brass and sparkly druzy agate. Individual stones ensure each piece is unique.


Thousand Hills Necklace by Beloved Beadwork

R3 800,

Available in numerous colourways, including a sophisticated copper and silver version, this intricate necklace is made from a combination of copper and palladium-plated beads, and is finished with rose gold detailing.



WORDS: Lindi Brownell Meiring


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