All That Glitters Contemporary African Jewellery Design


Contemporary African jewellery design has come of age and bold designs reflect a continent whose time to shine has come…

Twenty years ago, African jewellery for the international ‘tourist market’ more often than not featured chunky yellow-gold images of the Big Five (rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo) studded with diamonds and/or gemstones. But now, contemporary African jewellery designs have evolved to own their space in the sun. While Africa is still used as inspiration, the work is refined, sophisticated and pared down, in keeping with international demands and trends.

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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.