Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved to accessorize. I remember begging my mother and grandmother to let me wear — or at least play with — the massive jewelry collections they dressed in before going to work or special events. The sight of gold hoops, silver studs, dangling bracelets and colorful rings left an imprint on my brain, and I knew that when I became a “real adult” I would have a growing collection to display.
But as I grew older and began to witness and experiencing the injustices my community continues to face, I began to really consider the value of my dollar and the power I have to choose who I give it to. It’s easy to do what I call “reaction spending”, which we saw a lot after the summer of 2020, when black-owned businesses saw an increase in support and traffic after the murder of George Floyd. However, whenever there is an opportunity to financially support business owners who I not only identify with, but who model so many of the popular trends we see today, I do. And it shouldn’t take a tragedy for it to become a normal habit.
The history of the African diaspora has resulted in a mixture of different cultures, traditions, dress styles, foods, languages and dialects. As new generations emerge and continue to learn from older ones, the result is creative brilliance in the form of innovative products, especially one particular area of fashion that I love: jewelry.
Behind The Folklore, a New York-based online retailer that stocks high-end and emerging designer brands from Africa and the Diaspora, is founder Amira Rasool. She and her team carefully curate exclusive, limited-stock product lines that feature contemporary clothing, accessories, shoes, bags and homewares. Several jewelry lines are included, including several from black designers.
Below, we’ve rounded up pieces from black designers on the site, including bracelets, earrings and rings. You can shop all jewelry collections at The Folklore thefolklore.com.
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Third Crown Arc Bangle Bracelet
Khiry Staple Cuff
Third Crown Marcy Link Bracelet
Chalk Jewelery Emperado Sola Earrings
Khiry Isha stone-embellished hoop earrings
Classic hoops get a modern upgrade with this pair from Khiry. Each polished 18k gold vermeil earring is accented with a single rose quartz stone.
Third Crown Arc Ring
Another pick from Third Crown’s collection is the Arc ring, which makes a great accent piece to spice up everyday wear or what you wear on a night out. It is made of 18-carat gold-plated brass and is inspired by the shape of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Inside, there is an engraving of the brand’s triangular logo.
Chalk Jewelery Green Marble Navi Earrings
Handcrafted with acrylic and brushed brass, this pair of green marbled earrings from Chalk Jewelery’s Navi collection combines a variety of materials and bold shapes.
Octave Moonbeam stud earrings
Octave Motion Hoops
Mookaite jasper is the star of the show with this pair of lightweight hoops from Octave. Circular edges meet the vibrant mix of yellows and deep reds in the oval cut stone.
Third Crown Marcy Earrings
Pair Third Crown’s link bracelet above with these matching studs, which feature the brand’s signature arc shape and are 18k gold-plated brass. The interior contains an engraving of the Third Crown logo.