Step your accessory game up with these chic pieces.
Even though we live and make Black history 365 days a year, celebrating Black History in February gives us even more of a reason to go hard supporting all the amazing Black creatives doing for the culture every day. In Black culture, the significance of jewelry is a big deal. From around the way girl hoops, gold Cuban links and nameplates to fly rings for every finger and earrings dedicated to Mama Africa, we love using jewelry to showcase our personalities and complement our style.
It’s time to celebrate the creativity of Black jewelry makers. If you’ve been looking for businesses to support during Black History Month, we’ve rounded up five dope Black-owned brands that we know you’ll want to shop, follow and of course, recommend to your friends and family. Whether you’re looking for matching sets for you and your mini, eye catching cuffs or sexy anklets to show off your pedicure, we’ve got you covered. Trust us, you’ll definitely find something truly unique and totally compliment-worthy to buy.
Melanie Marie is a custom jewelry line and brainchild of New Yorker Melanie White. So, what’s so special about Melanie Marie? Well ask Beyonce, she included the highly sought-after brand in her extensive directory of Black-owned businesses last year. The singer even tapped White to create a custom chain to go along with the film Black is King. From city inspired rings to custom lockets, mantra bracelets and even dope pieces like the Africa Outline Earrings, there’s something for everyone. The dope SugaMama even created a mommy-and-me jewelry line named after her daughter Anndrew Marie.
When Jamaican-born designer Gina love set out to create her high-end investment jewelry brand Auvere, which is derived from the Italian word “avere,” which means “to have, to own, to hold, to wear and to receive,” she knew that she wanted to celebrate the art of handcrafted gold jewelry in its purest forms. All of her pieces are made of 22- and 24-karat gold and feature sculptural, linear designs, including stunning necklaces like the Solid Maze Large Pendant & Chain Polished. Trust us, all of Auvere’s pieces are a can’t miss.
From Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige to Tracee Ellis Ross and more, there’s no doubt that Lorraine West’s gorgeous jewelry is as iconic as the celeb bodies they grace. The talented designer started her eponymous brand after studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology and teaching herself how to create metal jewelry by hand. Each of Lorraine West’s pieces are one-of-a-kind and super popular pieces like her Fawohodie Cuff Bracelet can be found throughout the pages of fashion magazines and all over social media.
ByChari’s designer and creative director Chari Cuthbert creates jewelry for people who love timeless every day staples and appreciate simplicity, but demand luxury. ByChari pieces include high quality initial necklaces, classic hoop earrings, and stackable gold rings. ByChari’s designs even caught the eye of forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama, who wore the brand’s ‘Vote’ necklace to the Democratic National Convention. You can find other amazing pieces like the 2 Initial and 3 Lili Ring Set on the website, so definitely check it out.
Born in Nigeria, Lola Ade comes from the Yoruba language with Lola meaning wealthy and Ade meaning crown. The name couldn’t be more appropriate for a brand that features eye-catching earrings, bracelets, rings and anklets in designs suitable for every type of style and taste. Each piece is curated and created to be part of a minimalistic or glamorous wardrobe. With warm weather fast approaching, the 18K Gold Filled Calypso Anklet would be the perfect Lola Ade piece to add to your accessory collection.
This Black history month, we’re talking all about storytelling with multi-award winning author, Alicia D. Williams and her new picture book Jump At The Sun that chronicles the life of writer and storycatcher extraordinaire, Zora Neale Hurston. A friendly reminder that you are not the default in somebody’s story.
You can learn more about Alicia’s book, Jump At The Sun here and listen to our episode with Alicia below