Some women are obsessed with shoes but me, not so much. My weakness is jewellery and accessories! Shoe-obsessed ladies will often say that they love shoes because no matter your dress size, they’ll always fit. Of course, the same thing can be said for jewellery which is why my accessory and costume jewelry collection is out of control! Of course, no jewellery collection is complete without a little something special from a local designer. I have loads of costume jewellery but lately I’ve become more interested in collecting more unique pieces from South African designers. There are loads of amazing local designers doing incredible things so we thought we would introduce you to some of our favourites. Here are 5 Local Jewellery Designers You Need to Check Out!
1. Black Betty Design
Founded in 2012 by designer Kristin Weixelbaumer, Black Betty was born from Kristin’s lifelong fascination with the symbiosis between natural elements and the human experience. Black Betty believes in the idea that precious gems find their owners and that jewellery can be so much more than mere decoration. In fact, all the collections are based on the idea that there is a sense of magic in wearing a polished and cherished fragment of the earth on your person. Just one look at their beautiful, whimsical designs and is clear that they are creating pieces to be cherished and loved for years to come.
For more information on Black Betty visit their website.
2. Meraki Jewellery Design
Each Meraki Jewellery Design piece is hand crafted by Cape Town-based designer, Megan Keyser. Using raw stones, Sterling Silver and recycled Brass, Megan creates delicate, timeless pieces that draw inspiration from geometric forms in nature, her travels and an appreciation for well-made objects and heirlooms. Meraki jewellery pieces range from playful to effortlessly elegant, always with a subtle, sophisticated edge. Each piece is designed to age with grace and serves as an affirmation of each wearer’s personal style. Every piece of jewellery is hand made with care and given special attention to detail, embracing natural imperfections of the hand at work and staying true to the beauty of the materials used.
For more information on Meraki visit their website.
3. Efflairesce Jewelry
Artisanal jewellery designer, Atiya, has made her mark on the local creative scene with Efflairesce. Atiya opened her studio in the heart of Woodstock’s creative district: the trendy Mason’s Press where she creates unique pieces for fashionistas in the know as well as brides looking for something different to wear on the wedding day. Her most recent bridal collection, the Celebration Collection is all about blooms and the celebration of growth and blossoming as it is composed of a number of floral design rings. These delicate works of art are inspired by orchids and cherry blossoms. Atiya also offers custom-made jewellery for brides who want bespoke bridal pieces to perfectly match their gown.
For information on Efflairesce visit their website.
4. Coeval Jewellery
Coeval is all about offering South Africans beautiful natural gems in all the colours of the rainbow, set in affordable stunning designs. But, if gems aren’t your thing then you will surely fall in love with some of their other quircky and unusual designs! From their kiosk at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Coeval offers a wide selection of handmade jewellery that is beyond lust worthy. Their stand at the Waterfront mostly displays silver settings but they also make bespoke pieces in gold and other precious metals if that’s what you’re after.
For information on Coeval visit their website.
5. Apis Atelier
Launched in 2015 by Nicola Hemmes in Cape Town, Apis Atelier takes its greatest influence from nature. An eclectic mix of cast objects were born as the bones for her tactile jewelry line and beautiful semi-precious stones are chosen for their unique and natural colour. Inclusions should not be seen as flaws but as proof of nature’s hand in creating an element of imperfect beauty. Inspiration is taken from things Nicola has found, either at the beach, on her travels or at home: puka shells from Hawaii; black pebbles and driftwood from the Sunshine Coast in Canada; coral from Mauritius. Every piece tells a story. Apis Atelier designs jewelry is created to be collected, layered, and worn every day. Each piece is unique and made by hand, in cast bronze or sterling silver.
For more information on Apis Atelier visit their website.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.