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From the refined traditionalist to the eclectic bohemian, explore the handcrafted pieces that will encourage you to embrace your most authentic self. 
  

By Khensani Mohlatlole

Mar 8, 2022

When it comes to embodying your personality through fashion, jewelry is one of the most obvious ways. Unlike other accessories such as shoes or handbags, jewelry’s primary function is ornamental. However, these personal statements can also hold very significant, long-lasting meaning due to the slower nature of the jewelry trend-cycle and the endurance of metals and precious stones when coupled with excellent craftsmanship. So whether your personality is best described as free-spirited, conscientious, or extroverted, we’ve compiled a selection of stunning trinkets for the whimsical bohemian, refined traditionalist, and daring trendsetter.



1. The Bohemian

While biomimicry is very trendy right now, the desire to carry the natural world with you is a timeless instinct. If you’re drawn to earthy palettes, natural fibers, and artisanal design, the organic and handcrafted detailing of Ami Doshi Shah will best speak for you. Ethically produced by Kenyan artisans, the irregularly faceted Zoisite crystal of the Torque Necklace is a beautiful talisman that is at once tasteful in its materials while still revealing a nonconformist attitude with its hook-like shape. In addition, the Kenyan brand’s Vessel necklaces, available in a variety of sizes to wear as a standalone piece or stacked for impact, are great nods to jewelry’s origins as amulets and lucky charms.

A sense of mysticism and appreciation for the ethereal can be found in the work of Sidai Designs. The Kenyan brand preserves the Maasai beading tradition in a contemporary aesthetic that merges the wonder of the past with an appreciation for the future. The Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings are shoulder-sweeping chandelier earrings that will elevate your look with handcrafted beading inspired by the Pembetatu Collection’s themes of balance and natural order. As part of the Kikomo Collection, Pichulik’s Beige and Aqua Aruba Bracelet is inspired by the summer and ocean. The braided rope and wax cord bring in a handmade quality while maintaining an air of polish. The mango wood of the Orbit Bangle is a welcome reminder of nature on your wrist, a great contrast to the technological presence of Smartwatches and the fast-paced world that might rest alongside it.

Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings

Sidai Designs

Kifungo Double Tassel Earrings

$70
Large Vessel Necklace
Large Vessel Necklace
Large Vessel Necklace
Large Vessel Necklace

Ami Doshi Shah

Large Vessel Necklace

$110
Zoisite Torque Necklace
Zoisite Torque Necklace
Zoisite Torque Necklace
Zoisite Torque Necklace

Ami Doshi Shah

Zoisite Torque Necklace

$375
Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet
Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet
Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet
Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet
Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet
Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet

Pichulik

Beige & Aqua Aruba Bracelet

$35
Large Pembetatu Hoop Earrings
Large Pembetatu Hoop Earrings

Sidai Designs

Large Pembetatu Hoop Earrings

$108
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle

Ami Doshi Shah

Orbit Bangle

$475



2. The Traditionalist

If the perennial and practical are key factors in wardrobe choices, you might be a traditionalist. You prefer to make more subtle and muted style statements, focusing on quality timeless pieces that you can easily mix and match through all the seasons to come. If your wardrobe leans to the more unembellished side, jewelry can allow you to add a sense of playfulness to your more simple sensibilities. Patrick Mavros’ take on the classic wire cuff comes in enduring sterling silver and features sea-urchin detailing and unique aquatic-sized topaz stones revealed upon closer inspection. The natural motifs often found in the Zimbabwean brand’s jewelry draw upon the history and character of the label and make for unexpected twists to time-proven classics.

If you tend to err on the more intricate side, you’ll enjoy the delicate detailing and ease of layering that comes with Pichulik’s braided rope-textured brass jewelry. The Milagro Hoop Earrings minimalist take on the typically bold hoop earring will quietly accent any look. You can easily add the Amie Chain Necklace to your current stack, perfect for bringing an air of sophistication to more casual staples such as the plain white tee. If you’re one for less fuss, Sidai Designs’ will do your layering for you with their inspired design featuring two glass beaded necklaces in one, the handmade gold piece from the Tanzanian brand symbolizing purity and wisdom. 

Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Blue Topaz

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Blue Topaz

$400
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings
Milagro Hoop Earrings

Pichulik

Milagro Hoop Earrings

$145
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace

Sidai Designs

Layered Necklace

$118
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace
Stone Amie Chain Necklace

Pichulik

Stone Amie Chain Necklace

$125
Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings
Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings
Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings
Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings
Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings
Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings

Sidai Designs

Extra Small Drop Pearl Hoop Earrings

$55
Patrick Mavros Vakadzi Drop Earrings Sterling Silver with Black Onyx
Model wearing Patrick Mavros Vakadzi Drop Earrings Sterling Silver with Black Onyx
Model wearing Patrick Mavros Vakadzi Drop Earrings Sterling Silver with Black Onyx
Patrick Mavros Vakadzi Drop Earrings Sterling Silver with Black Onyx
Model wearing Patrick Mavros Vakadzi Drop Earrings Sterling Silver with Black Onyx
Model wearing Patrick Mavros Vakadzi Drop Earrings Sterling Silver with Black Onyx

Patrick Mavros

Vakadzi Drop Earrings With Black Onyx

$200



3. The Trendsetter

Not one to follow trends, unorthodox regalia are at the top of your wishlist. Color, movement, and shape inform your choice when it comes to alternative pieces that invoke a spirit of innovation. Your wardrobe already consists of bold prints and conspicuous items that speak to your desire to express individuality. Adele Dejak’s Tiara Earrings are a dynamic approach to statement-making pieces grounded in sustainable production methods thanks to the repurposed brass, which speaks to the Kenyan brand’s heritage. Jiamini’s Mung’ung’uti collection is wearable art through its appropriation of the spinal cord in repurposed gold-plated brass handcrafted by a team of female artisans. Armor-like in appearance, the Spine Drop Necklace and Spine Bracelet provide a dress-up factor without coming across as overly elaborate.

Further enhancing your arsenal, Margaux Wong offers chunky rings made from reclaimed and recycled materials. The Burundi-based designer fashions abandoned cow horn and brass into lustrous, marble-like jewelry. Focal pieces, respectively, the Glorious and Shield Rings, also work great paired together, bringing out the idiosyncratic beauty of the articles. Finally, allow IAMISIGO’s I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings to set the tone for your outlook—one that is both adventurous and elegant—with its carved camel bone set against recycled silver and 24-karat gold plating.

Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace

Jiamini

Matuu Spine Drop Necklace

$490
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet
Matuu Spine Bracelet

Jiamini

Matuu Spine Bracelet

$435
Tiara Earrings
Tiara Earrings
Tiara Earrings
Tiara Earrings

Adele Dejak

Tiara Earrings

$75
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring

Margaux Wong

Glorious Ring

$220
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring
Shield Ring

Margaux Wong

Shield Ring

$271
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1

IAMISIGO

I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1

$298