27 black jewelry designers to watch

Djeneba Aduayom

The jewelry is always staff. Whether it’s a heirloom passed down from generation to generation or a necklace you wear every day, there’s nothing in fashion like jewelry to make you feel like yourself. . So when it comes to showing off and supporting brands, aim even higher with a more inclusive jewelry box. Supporting black artists is and always will be important, and with designers like Mateo’s Matthew Harris encrusting gemstones with diamond monograms and Areayl Goodwin’s Beads Byaree celebrating black joy and taking the fashion industry by storm. (and Solange’s wardrobe), it’s easier than ever to do so. so. Ahead, 27 Black jewelry brands to shop now and always.

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1

Yam

An ode to founder Morgan Thomas’ mother, Yam’s pieces are all handcrafted in Queens, New York. The nostalgia-focused line features gold-plated metals offset by playful charms like blown-glass hearts.

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EDAS

Led by designer Sade Mims, EDAS has it all for aesthetics. Think durable household items, luxurious handbags and, especially, eclectic handmade jewelry.

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PARCHARI

If these “VOTE” necklaces look familiar to you, it’s because you’ve seen them on the neckline of none other than Michelle Obama. Suffice it to say, designer and creative director Chari Cuthbert creates with purpose.

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Mateo

Although Matthew Harris was born in Jamaica, he cut his teeth in New York’s jewelry district and is now blazing the trail as one of the city’s top modern designers. With the jewelry worn by Rihanna, Solange and Zendaya, everything he touches turns (literally) into gold, diamonds and precious stones.

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Omi wood

Omi Woods is on a mission not only to create future legacies inspired by the African Diaspora, but also to empower everyone involved, from miners to potential bearers. Using fair trade gold and workers protected by fair wages and community outreach, designer Ashley Alexis McFarlane aims and succeeds to produce jewelry that matters.

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Third crown

For starters, Third Crown is backed by Beyoncé herself. Founders and co-designers Kristin and Kofi Essel pour their love and industry experience directly into their refined products, featuring heavy geometric shapes and gender-neutral pieces.

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Valerie Madison

For romantic jewelry that fuses traditional cuts with a modern twist, consider jewelry from Valerie Madison. Pay special attention to her custom engagement rings, which feature unexpected touches like salt-and-pepper diamonds and rose-cut gemstones.

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Byaree Beads

Supported by Solange and Tracee Ellis Ross (who wore Beads Byaree on SHEfrom the August 2020 digital cover), Areeayl Goodwin’s brand is quickly becoming a household name. She marries fantasy with power, evoking an emotional response to her imaginative jewelry. The only thing more magical would be to get your hands on a coin, as his designs are constantly sold out.

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Johnny Nelson

Johnny Nelson says his jewelry is “attention-grabbing conversation pieces.” The topic of discussion? Everything from black history to hip-hop to spirituality, with direct references to Harriet Tubman and the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Auvere

The gold standard in Auvere is just that: pure, unmixed gold. In 2016, Gina Love (a former real estate lawyer) and Steven Feldman founded Auvere on the premise that all of their jewelry would be 22 or 24 karat gold only, to let the metal really shine.

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Oma the label

If you are a gold digger, look to Oma the Label. The brand excels at updating classic chains, rings, and even body jewelry in your favorite metal.

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We dream in color

Fortune smiles on the bold, and that can be said specifically of Jade Gedeon, the creative mastermind behind We Dream in Colour. Her collection isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’s easy to fall in love with her technicolor earrings, oversized necklaces and designs made to make you smile.

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Harwell Godfrey

Based in the Bay Area of ​​California, founder Lauren Harwell Godfrey’s high-end jewelry speaks to your soul. She designs to heal, using 18k gold, luxuriously detailed enamel inlays and a special use of color to protect wearers with symbolic pieces.

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Marcia Vidal

Think of Marcia Vidal’s jewels as talismans. Her handmade silver and gold jewelry is the kind you can’t imagine taking off. With proceeds from every purchase donated to the non-profit organization Choose Love, it’s hard not to wear your heart around your neck.

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Octave Jewelry

Founder Ope Omojola’s pieces are wearable works of art. With each stone cut by hand, her jewels highlight her raw materials, and by default, sublimate your entire look.

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white space

True fans will love Khadijah Fulton’s line, White Space. The designer created Vrai’s bridal collection, but her own brand is decidedly more delicate, with items like baroque pearls and curvy earrings that curve along the ear.

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black tongue

Alicia Goodwin’s Lingua Nigra “is inspired by nature, with an emphasis on ancient talismans, Victorian work and sentimental mourning jewelry”. The pieces speak for themselves.

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SOKO

SOKO puts people first. The jeweller’s and technology company empowers artisans in Kenya by providing a technology platform that connects them to global markets. In other words, SOKO directly reaches its craftsmen via a mobile application, eliminating intermediaries. The designs themselves are modern and ideal for everyday use.

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Angelique Martinez

If your taste in jewelry is more specialized, check out Angely Martinez, whose work is inspired by an avant-garde aesthetic with touches of baroque rococo art.

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Bernard James

Not all jewelry has to fall into the “classic” or “statement” category. Case in point: Bernard James, with pieces ranging from flower-adorned Cuban link chains to mixed metal bracelets, is an understated combination of the two. (Editor’s note: James’ dog is wearing a personalized chain, as pictured on SHE.)

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Ubuntu life

Founded in 2011 by pastors Jeremiah Kuria and Zane Wilemon, Ubuntu Life originally partnered with nine mothers in Kenya to help them produce household items that would support them financially. The following year, the brand expanded and began working with Maasai artisans in the Ngong Hills, who used their traditional beadwork knowledge to create beautiful bracelets. Ubuntu Life has continued to grow, but its focus on supporting communities and providing sustainable jobs has never changed.

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Mahnal

Shayba Muhammad’s poetic brass jewelry is both sensual and meditative. Her designs encourage you to be intentional in your jewelry choices, whether it’s an elegant choker or a pair of twisted hoop earrings. “I want women to feel at home with Mahnal,” she says.

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23

Khiri

With stints at Narciso Rodriguez and Barney’s, Jameel Mohammed is an emerging design talent with a bright future. Khiry’s alluring pieces range from voluptuous curves to Horus pendants and fine custom jewelry, so we expect to see more soon.

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The Enchanter

The Enchanter is the kind of jewelry you must tag in your grid post, otherwise your comments section will be flooded with “Where did you get this” questions. Founded by identical twins Dynasty and Soull Ogun and inspired by science, religion, mythology, magic and fairy tales, even the brand’s most understated designs speak volumes.

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taylor nicole

Get noticed with jewelry from Taylor Nikole. Her sculptural handmade earrings merge art and fashion and will ensure at least three compliments per wear. Above all, the pieces really spark joy.

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Therese Kyalo

Experimental in nature and handmade in Nairobi, Kenya, Theresia Kyalo’s pieces subvert what we think of as jewelry. Its beautiful custom ironwork is truly a sight to behold (and wear).

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happy project

Jewelry doesn’t have to be serious, and founder Sydney Ziems and her brand Serendipitous Project will lift your spirits. Her colorful, conceptual designs are like a successful DIY project, with items like sculpted turquoise rings bedazzled with gemstones and seashell barrettes.

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