Want to spoil yourself this Women’s Day? We say it’s time to adorn yourself with some local flair, and Joburg-born jewellery brand, Athena A Accessories, has just the thing. But this isn’t just any old jewellery brand, designer and founder, Athena Argyrakis is an inspiring, strong woman of note and her designs make a powerful statement, combing elements of strength and beauty in must-have pieces.
Made from brass, aluminium and East African Ankole cow horn, Athena’s jewellery pieces are handmade by a small community of local craftsmen. and reflect a distinctly African heritage and beauty. These incredible pieces are all about finding and celebrating the goddess within, so each piece is named after a goddess. Here are some of our favourite picks from her collection:
For the wrist
When it comes to adorning the wrist Athena A knows how to make a statement. These bold accessories are elegant, yet powerful and are the perfect addition to any outfit. Finish off a sophisticated, minimalist outfit with this beautiful, Indunn bracelet (handmade aluminium bracelet – R650) or keep it modern and oh-so-edgy with this Lakshmi cuff (handmade brass cuff – R750). If you’re really looking for something different, the mid-arm or wrist Nike bangle (Upper/Mid Arm for R580 and Wrist for R550) can be worn a multitude of ways and is a true signature piece for any goddess.
For the neck
If you love statement necklaces, Athena A is the brand for you! From striking chokers to larger than life rope necklaces, you’ll find everything you need to create a head turning look at Athena A. On our wish list is the eye catching Diana round cow bull horn necklace (Ankole horn necklace with brass tie – R980), daring yet elegant Eos circle necklace (brass necklace with leather tie – R850), and the extraordinary Epona bull horn beaded necklace (Ankole horn necklace – R1,199). When explaining the use of the cow horn, Athena explains “Typically their horns are burnt but this is not environmentally friendly. So why not collect the horns and transform them into something beautiful – distinct pieces of jewellery? Each horn is unique in colouring, making each piece different”.
For the ears
Earrings can make or break an outfit and a great pair of earrings can do wonders for framing the face, setting the tone for the rest of your outfit or elevating it to ‘wow’ status. Athena A’s earrings will help you make a statement with any outfit, whether you’re heading to the office or for a night out on the town. We love the Minerva round cow bull horn earrings (Ankole horn earrings with brass trim – R 550), Minerva’s Sister Earrings (Ankole horn earrings with brass trim – R 550), and the Minerva’s Aunt triangle earrings (Handmade Ankole horn earrings with brass trim – R 550).
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One WomenStuff reader stands the chance to win a pair of Handmade Athena A Ankole horn earrings with brass trim valued at R 550! To enter all you need to do is share the WomenStuff competition post on Facebook or Twitter and subscribe to the Athena A mailing list! To sign up simply visit the Athena A website and enter your email address where it says “sign up to get the latest on sales, news and more“.
Competition closes at 17:00 on Friday 17 August 2018. Please read our full competition terms and conditions here.
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