Every month at Lionesses of Africa, we shine a spotlight on a particular industry sector where Africa’s women entrepreneurs are making a real impact, through their businesses, their innovation, their products, services and craftsmanship, and their passion for what they do. This month (May), we are turning our attention to the incredibly creative women jewellery designers of Africa, who are turning the precious metals, gems and semi-precious stones found here on the continent into beautiful decorative pieces for the world to wear. These African women jewellery designers are putting the continent on the global map through their uniquely African-inspired designs and technical brilliance.
All this month at Lionesses of Africa, we are celebrating and showcasing some of these amazing African Women Jewellery Designers whose unique sense of style and creativity we love. They are both inspirational and practically making such a difference to the jewellery design landscape on the African continent. Some are names you may already know and their creations you may be wearing right now - others may be new to you, but their work speaks volumes and is really exciting - these are the new African Women Jewellery Designers to watch for the future.
Here are just some of the African Women Jewellery Designers who are inspiring us this month, not simply for the work they produce, but in many instances because of the difference they are making on the African continent to the lives of other makers and crafters:
Take for example, the inspirational South African grande-dame of jewellery design, Jenna Clifford, whose beautiful creations are worn by the some of the world’s most beautiful and influential women. And then there are the women jewellery designers who are taking traditional African jewellery and beading craftsmanship to a whole new level, such as Katherine-Mary Pichulik with her increasingly globally renowned brand of the same name; or Abimbola Baolgun of Nigeria’s Bimbeads Concept who is elevating the art of beading and creating the most spectacular pieces inspired by nature; or Rwanda’s trend-setting Teta Isibo of Inzuki Designs who creates jewellery pieces that are integral to her seasonal accessory collections; or Njuhi Chege, the inspiration behind Kenyan jewellery brand Riri, taking her inspiration from the landscape and harnessing the skills of talented local artisans to create jewellery that reflects interesting textures and vibrant use of colour. At the other end of the jewellery spectrum come Africa’s innovators and eco-designers, led by the most inspirational Ashley Heather, who is creating fabulous contemporary jewellery made from the precious metals reclaimed from computer and cellphone circuit boards. Or the avant garde designers creating memorable jewellery pieces with a unique African aesthetic, such as Laura Nyahuye of Adornu in Zimbabwe, whose work is challenging traditional notions of jewellery design. Each of these African Women Jewellery Designers are to be celebrated for their incredible passion for what they do, their incredible craftsmanship, their unique eye for design, and their support for indigenous African jewellery crafting skills - we are so inspired by what they are doing.
At Lionesses of Africa, we also encourage everyone visiting our website and social media platforms to nominate those African Women Jewellery Designers from around the continent that inspire them, and we will happily profile them during the coming weeks. Click here to make your nomination. Our month-long Focus on African Women Jewellery Designers is all about showcasing the best and most inspirational women working and building businesses and brands in the field of jewellery design, so be part of the process and make a difference to a woman jewellery designer that inspires you.