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Lorraine West Creates Jewelry Steeped in Symbolism and Power

Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Lorraine West isn’t just creating accessories; she’s crafting talismans.

West, a self-taught artist, imbues her pieces with spiritual and cultural significance, drawing inspiration from her Caribbean roots and a desire to empower the wearer.

West’s clientele isn’t limited to everyday people who appreciate the heart and soul poured into each piece. Celebrities like Beyoncé and Zendaya have been spotted wearing her creations, a testament to the unique blend of symbolic design and elegance that defines West’s work.

Lorraine West

More than just adornment, each of West’s pieces is imbued with meaning. She uses precious metals and gemstones to craft pieces inspired by nature, flow, symbology, and geometric shapes.

The result is a collection that is both beautiful and powerful, designed to help the wearer connect with their own inner beauty and strength.

Lorraine West

West’s dedication to her craft extends beyond the design process. All her pieces are handmade in NYC with love, ensuring that each necklace, earring, and ring is not only a work of art but also a testament to her commitment to quality and tradition.

Lorraine West

Whether you’re looking for a piece to add a touch of elegance to your everyday look or a symbolic talisman to empower you, Lorraine West Jewelry is a collection worth exploring.

With its unique blend of beauty, meaning, and quality, West’s jewelry is more than just an accessory; it’s a conversation starter and a way to express your inner strength.

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Black Owned Sustainable Jewelry Brands You Should Know

Discover an array of exquisite jewelry from Black owned sustainable jewelry brands that offer unique and eco-friendly designs.

These businesses create stunning pieces using recycled materials, ethically sourced gemstones, and production practices. From delicate necklaces to bold statement earrings, there is a piece of jewelry to suit every style.

Black Owned Sustainable Jewelry Brands

Devi Arts Collective

Devi Arts Collective is a Vancouver-based company that designs and creates ethical, handmade jewelry. They prioritize sustainable practices and use recycled materials like silver and gold fill, along with ethically sourced gemstones

Kassandra Gordon

black owned sustainable jewelry

Kassandra is a London-based, award-winning jeweler known for her bold and expressive pieces. Her work draws inspiration from her British-Jamaican heritage, blending European and West-Indian traditions. (CEO ring is made to order)

Soul Simone

black owned sustainable jewelry

Soul Simone, based in Vermont, designs and crafts soulful adornment. Their jewelry, from earrings to bracelets, uses clean lines and focuses on natural beauty. Pieces range from everyday wear to statement looks.

Aquarian Thoughts

black owned sustainable jewelry

Aquarian Thoughts is a collection of jewelry designs created with materials as varied as rose cut gemstones to vintage brass components to hand-dyed silks using an array of jewelry making techniques. 

Made by Malyia

black owned sustainable jewelry

Made by Malyia crafts ethical jewelry inspired by the world around you. Each piece is a wearable work of art, designed to tell your unique story. Founded by a GIA graduate gemologist, Made by Malyia empowers you to express yourself through personalized jewelry.


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Khiry is an Afrofuturist luxury jewelry brand that creates sculptural demi-fine pieces meant to empower wearers to express confidence and individuality. Their pieces are often inspired by African motifs and use materials such as sterling silver and 18k gold vermeil.

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Crowning Glory: How Zigleys is Redefining Luxury Hair Jewelry

Daria Dana, the founder of Zigleys, isn’t just creating luxurious hair jewelry; she’s redefining the narrative around Black hair and its adornment.

Her journey began with a personal observation – a realization that while she adorned herself with exquisite jewelry, her “crown,” her natural hair, lacked the same level of refinement. This sparked a fire within her, and fueled by a deep love for her heritage and a desire to empower others, Zigleys was born.

Daria Dana, the founder of Zigleys

Driven by the vision of “jewelry for your crown, fit for royalty,” Daria embarked on a year-long mission to bring her vision to life. From meticulously selecting the name – a tribute to her father’s nickname for her and a symbol of the brand’s unique identity – to collaborating with skilled artisans in New York City, each step was taken with intention and deep respect for craftsmanship.

The result? A collection of exquisite hair jewelry pieces, handcrafted in 18-karat gold, some adorned with diamonds, designed to celebrate and elevate the beauty of locs, braids, and twists.

Beyond the undeniable elegance of the pieces, Zigleys carries a deeper significance. It’s a celebration of Black culture and history, where intricate hair adornment has held deep meaning for centuries. Daria weaves this rich heritage into each design, ensuring every piece is not just an accessory, but a symbol of pride, resilience, and cultural significance.

The brand’s impact extends beyond aesthetics. Zigleys is actively involved in fostering conversations about Black hair, challenging negative stereotypes, and promoting self-love within the community.

Daria’s optimism, fueled by her unwavering belief in following her intuition and purpose, is a cornerstone of Zigleys’ journey. She embodies the spirit of the brand – one that celebrates individuality, empowers self-expression, and honors the cultural richness of Black hair.

As Zigleys expands, offering not just exquisite adornments but also venturing into high-end hair care, one thing remains certain: Daria Dana and Zigleys are on a mission to redefine the narrative, ensuring that the Black community has access to the very best, not just in hair care and adornment, but in the way their cultural expressions are valued and celebrated.

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Black Owned Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2024

Valentine’s Day is almost here, making it the perfect time to celebrate love in all its forms. This year, why not make your expressions of affection even more meaningful by supporting Black owned businesses?

We’re excited to present another curated list of unique and heartfelt gifts that not only capture the essence of love but also offer a range of options that resonate with the spirit of love and unity.

Join us on a journey to discover Black owned treasures that promise to make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable celebration of love.


Balacia “Moissanite Oval Tennis Necklace And Bracelet Set”

ALMASIKA “Universum Pinky Ring”

Yenae “Telsom Dome Cufflink”


American Luxury Unlimited “Ms. Influential Limited Edition Gift Set.”

B Fragranced

Pink Mahogany


Good Girl Chocolate Vegan Chocolate

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Chocolate Therapy

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’57 Chocolate

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Beaucoup Hoodoo “Cuffing Season Bundle”

Milky Candles LLC “Dark + Handsome Candle”

Good Day Scents “Black Love” Candle


Maison Noir

iBest Wines

Edelheiss Wine 

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McBride Sisters’ Sparkling Brut White Wine

B. Stuyvesant Champagne

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Viarae Prosecco


Nicole Marie Paperie



The Black Joy Project

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Black-Owned Jewelry Brands to Add To Your Collection in 2022

As anyone who loves fashion knows, jewelry is the perfect way to add a little personality to any outfit. Whether you prefer dainty or bold statement pieces, there is a jewelry brand that suits your style.

These Black-owned jewelry brands are a great way to add some unique and stylish pieces to your collection. Whether you’re looking for something flashy or understated, there’s a brand with precisely what you need.

So go ahead and add one (or all!) of these fantastic brands to your list, and enjoy the added confidence and beauty that their jewelry provides.

Black-Owned Jewelry Brands

Afro Deco

Handmade pieces by British jewelry designer and visual artist Natasha Lisa. Operating under the name Afro Deco, Natasha channels the stylistic influences of Art Deco and the vibrant patterns of African fabric in her diverse range of afrofuturist-themed Lucite designs.



Yam is a made to order, handmade jewelry brand based in Queens, NY. The brand is dedicated to creating new, yet nostalgic pieces through up-cycled materials and vintage silhouettes. Designs incorporate classic and industrial hardware elements, complimented with cheeky and charming nature motifs and pearl accents.


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Jooel was born out of a desire to curate timeless luxury jewelry pieces for every wardrobe. With a careful blend of trendy and classic pieces, Jooel offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a bling queen or prefer understated lux, Jooel has something for you.


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Leliamae is a New York-based, woman-run jewelry brand that strives to balance integrity and unique style. The artist behind the brand, Lelia, sources quality gold materials that are ethically produced and made to elevate your everyday collection.

HOME by Areeayl

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Each Beads Byaree piece is created with a focus on quality and attention to detail. The results are beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to make a statement. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or a treat for yourself, Beads Byaree has something for everyone.

Third Crown

The husband-and-wife team behind Third Crown aims to celebrate the merging of two forces coming together to form something new – a powerful pair. They fuse their love of geometric shapes with the details found in their architectural surroundings to create their collection of men’s and women’s jewelry.


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ALMASIKA makes fine jewelry that tells stories across generations and cultures. The sculptural designs are handcrafted using precious metals and shimmering gems. Pieces include the debut ‘Le Cauri Endiamante’ collection – inspired by the rich history and symbolism of cowrie shells – as well as newer styles from the ‘Sagesse’ range, which explores ancient motifs associated with traditional wisdom.

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Yenaé, High End Jewelry Inspired by African Culture

Yenaé (pronounced as Ye.Nay) is a high fashion jewelry brand that offers culturally curated and African-inspired collections. Their exquisite jewelry designs fuse deeply rooted and diverse African culture with a twist of modern design appeal.

We caught up with co-founder Seble Alemayehu to find out more about the business.

Yenaé co-founders, Seble Alemayehu and Felekech (Fei) Biratu.

What inspired you to start your business?

Yenaé was born out of our shared experiences – two Ethiopian- Americans, jewelry lovers, and co-founders, Seble Alemayehu and Felekech (Fei) Biratu.

While living in different parts of the US, we saw the magnitude of the lack of awareness that existed about Africa, especially in a positive light.

We were both born and raised in Ethiopia and we had first-hand knowledge about the creativity, craftsmanship, and resources that exist in Africa.

Coming from entrepreneurial families and holding MBA degrees ourselves, we decided to pursue our interest for business and love for jewelry.

With that, we founded Yenaé – a high fashion jewelry brand that takes patrons on a journey inside Africa through exquisite jewelry designs that blend culture and storytelling with a twist of modern design appeal for a wide range of jewelry enthusiasts.

How did you raise the capital to start your business?

Yenaé is 100% self-funded and women-owned. We raised our initial funds from our immediate families while we worked on the side to raise our own capital. But most importantly, we learned how to kickstart with minimal investment.

We heavily utilized a lean startup model to build the brand, where our ideas started with customer interviews, building out the minimum viable jewelry, testing it, quickly iterating, or pivoting to get to the core of our offering and branding.

What makes your pieces unique?

What makes Yenaé stand out is its creative focus on offering customers multi-wear jewelry. Currently, 50% of our collection fits this category, whereby a single piece of jewelry can be worn in a minimum of 3 different styles.

All of our jewelry is made from recycled brass, plated with 14K gold or rhodium; responsibly and ethically sourced Ethiopian semi-precious gemstones, hand-crafted by artisans in Ethiopia, and hand-polished hypoallergenic jewelry made in California, USA.

Ranging from simple, everyday jewelry to one-of-a-kind, contemporary statement pieces, each piece of jewelry has a story behind its design, sourced from historians and storytellers.

What is one lesson you’ve learned as a business owner that you’d like to pass on to other entrepreneurs?

One of the most important lessons we learned is the power of taking action and having a “Start Today” mentality. Often, there are so many limiting reasons for why one may not pursue their ideas or take it to the next level.

There will never be perfect timing, working capital, network or resource. Whatever you want to explore as an aspiring entrepreneur, don’t limit yourself. Just start.

We both love to wear jewelry, but we didn’t have a single clue or background on how it’s made. We just made the bold decision to start, figure it all out, and learn as we go along our journey.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

In 5 years, we see Yenaé playing a role to influence a consumption pattern that moves towards a more sustainable community, away from fast fashion.

We will be expanding the design of our jewelry collections to cover every corner of the African continent, showcasing the rich heritage and culture of each African country. Lastly, we see our collections available in major retail stores in the US.

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Black Owned Engagement Ring Brand Was Inspired By a Wedding Proposal

Balacia is a Black owned engagement ring brand that allows shoppers to create the engagement and wedding rings of their choice within their budget.

The company uses diamonds, moissanite, and gemstones so buyers have endless options for colors, shapes, and sizes for their rings.

We caught up with Balacia’s Founder and President, Jasmine Carter to find out more about her business.

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Jasmine Carter, Founder & President of Balacia (Kevin Graham Photography)

What inspired you to start Balacia? 

After my husband proposed to me in December 2016, I instantly became obsessed with sparkly rings. I did research, practiced designing, and founded Balacia in September 2017.

At first, I only made silver rings and over the years I worked my way into the moissanite (a diamond simulant made of silicon carbide) and diamond market.

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Can you describe your experience running your business during the height of the pandemic? 

We were blessed enough to have exponential growth during the pandemic. Though many things came to a pause due to the crazy virus (including my old corporate job), love flourished, and we went viral, and were amazed by our growth. Virtual consultations have become a great way to serve clients in the safety of our office.

How do you and your husband complement each other as partners in life as well as business? 

Devon and I make a great team! We take turns caring for our 7-month-old baby boy and give each other the time we need to work on our business. It’s amazing being able to spend so much time together and work at the same time.

Where do you hope to see the business in the next 5 months? 

In 5 months our goal is for our Balacia brand moissanites to be sold with retailers worldwide. After tons of research and trial and error, we’ve finally branded the absolute best moissanites and I want to share them with the world so everyone can have beautiful jewelry.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Make it happen! Visualize the life you want, the customers you want to serve, and the amazing reviews. Manifest it and do what it takes. If something isn’t working, tweak it until it does. I failed for so many years and you might too. Live, learn, stay strong, and grow. You got this!


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How My Handmade Jewelry Business has been affected by the Rona

Alicia Goodwin has been creating jewelry since childhood. In 2003, she started her handmade jewelry business, Lingua Nigra. Her pieces range from hand reticulated brass and etched sterling silver, to blossom-like jewelry.

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus,  business has slowed dramatically. We caught up Alicia to find out how she’s dealing with this new reality.

Handmade Jewelry Business
Alicia Goodwin, Founder of Lingua Nigra

What were your initial thoughts when you learned about the outbreak?

Like most self employed people, I knew that it would impact me greatly, considering a portion of my business is through in-person shows. I had already seen a downturn in the only show I was able to do. However, I definitely didn’t think it would get to this bad.

How has it affected your business?

Wholesale orders not being paid for and shows are being cancelled left and right. I’m not at a standstill yet, but it might happen. Honestly, even though I have bills to pay, I don’t feel like selling my work. It has given me a ton of free time I wouldn’t otherwise have, though!
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How has it affected your lifestyle?

I work a lot, so I don’t have the social life I used to have. I do think twice about purchases, but I’ve been buying lots of food to stay inside and lots more vitamins than usual. Now that I want to socialize, I can’t! Because I can’t travel, I can’t see my friends that I would normally see at shows or on my almost monthly travels to New York.

What new strategies have you implemented or do you plan to implement in your business?

I haven’t even thought that far ahead. I’m trying not to inundate shell shocked people with “buy, buy, buy” right now. Instead, I’m posting pretty art on my instagram and maybe sending out a Covid-19  related newsletter. I’m sure folks are tired of that too.

If you had one ask of your community right now, what would it be?

I’m not sure. Stay positive and support one another if you can. This will take months, possibly years to recover from, but we will get through this!

-Tony O. Lawson
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Sewit Sium Creates Handmade Jewelry that Celebrates Black History and Inspires Cultural Pride

Sewit Sium is a designer of historically and culturally inspired African jewelry. Each handmade piece is a modern heirloom imbued with story, statement, and sentiment.
We spoke to the founder, Sewit Sium to find out more about her business.
Sewit Sium
Sewit Sium

What inspired you to start Sewit Sium?

I’ve always been captivated by the intersection of jewelry, education, and grassroots activism. Prior to starting my business, I taught Fashion Politics and Design at various High Schools in NYC, using jewelry as an educational tool, as primary source material (like a text) to teach predominantly Black and Brown youth about their history, about the world. We had powerful conversations about where we came from, where we are now and where we are going.
Sewit Sium
Much of what is conveniently omitted from NYC Public School curriculum, from common core texts. It’s crucial for us all to recognize and insert ourselves in our own stories – symbols, motifs, jewelry. I believe that this is the work that runs counter her to Western speared revisionist history. This is the urgency that Sewit Sium was born out of in 2015.
I have the opportunity to hand-make meaningful jewelry that will outlast me.  I’m always asking myself the question, what message do I want to send people 500 years from now? If the answer doesn’t revolve around truth-seeking, equality, and justice, its not usually worth my time. Nothing against abstraction.
Sewit Sium
We literally know about the world because of what was engraved and memorialized in jewelry and stone. Jewelry is the oldest form of decorative arts, a phenomenon that was born on the African continent. Without it, we wouldn’t know about ourselves.
This is why I’m continuing the legacy of hand-making statement jewelry encoded with this history, culture, sentiment, and love. My hope is that people adorn and become activated and inspired by my work.
I recently made Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X Medallions (took over a year!) to not only honor and channel their spirits but to remind us of what’s possible, that change comes from the bottom up, not from the top down. Always has. 
Sewit Sium

How do you decide what pieces you want to create?

I don’t choose what pieces to create, I’m only a vessel of the creator. We all are. So to answer your question, the designs urgently choose me.  I usually become possessed and obsessed over the course of 3/4 months at a time. This is how collections come to me.
Designing jewelry is an exercise in memory, it’s a reconjuring. It’s a tactile political and spiritual practice, during this time I feel touched by divine inspiration. This might sound out there, lately, I’ve been channeling Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Nefertiti, the Orisha Goddess Oya, and my late father. They’ve all deeply moved me on a visceral level. Jewelry should do the same.
I recently re-read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, ASSATA and Ngugi Wa’Thiong’s Moving the Center. Reading key texts and writing is a huge part of my design process. 

How would you describe your design style?

Timeless, beautiful, sentimental. There’s a vintage quality, one of revival and innovation. I draw on indigenous African iconography that is relevant across time and space. I’m an activist and jewelry historian first, so my style direction is freedom bound. The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible. 
Sewit Sium

So far, what has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward of being a business owner?

Discipline has been an issue. I wear all the hats in my business and as it grows the overwhelm is real.  I have to do the jewelry research, design, making, marketing/selling, PR – I’m an artist, all I want to do is the research-design-making, the rest doesn’t come naturally. Making time for all of this requires an airtight schedule.
When I sleep in or procrastinate, the guilt can take me out of creativity and the present moment, still working on it. The biggest reward for me isn’t press or outward success, its those days when I get up early, meditate and complete my daily goals. The days I show up for myself and do God’s will. 

Where do you see the business in the next 5 years?

I recently made some dope jewelry for a huge Black Hollywood production due out in 2020. Let’s just say I got to work with the legendary Ruth Carter (She did the costume for Black Panther and Spike Lee’s “X”)  Stay tuned!!! I would love to continue consulting and making animate jewels for movies that are instrumental in telling our stories.  I also want to do a PhD in the Politics of Fashion.  Of course, I’ll continue to grow my business.

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs?

Make sure you absolutely love what you do because the money doesn’t come overnight.  Work hard and keep going. Take everything one day at a time, in a sense tomorrow is none of your business. Do your work.
Don’t compare yourself to others, you’re on your own sacred journey. Have a full-time job that supports your passion? That’s okay. Do what you can, with what you’ve got, in the place you are, in the time you are. Hang with people that support you and get your vision. Don’t commune with people that leave you feeling depleted. Get a mentor and mentor others, give back. 
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Black Owned Jewelry Businesses That Should Be on Your Radar

Adorn yourself with empowerment! In the vibrant world of fashion, Black owned jewelry businesses are flourishing with creativity and cultural richness.

From delicate, hand-crafted pieces to bold, statement-making designs, these brands offer a unique perspective on the art of adornment. Whether you seek timeless elegance or fashion-forward flair, get ready to discover a treasure trove of trinkets that tell a story and celebrate individuality.

Black Owned Jewelry Businesses

Lorraine West Jewelry

Sewit Sium Jewelry

Egbo Collections

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Johnny Nelson

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Afrohemien Jewelry

Adele Dejak

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Sheryl Jones Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry


Anita Quansah London

Valerie Madison

Tracey Beale

ADORN 42.20

Moijey Fine Diamonds

Nirvana Wild

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Mock & Co 


Saint Jewels

Lingua Nigra

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Limba Gal

Jam + Rico

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Omi Woods

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