Design

What do Beetles and Rhinos have in common? ANNA ROSHOLT
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You only have one chance to make a first impression. Anna Rosholt, a contemporary jewellery designer based in Cape Town, chose to make her debut with a collection inspired by the African dung beetle. But don’t go bunching this designer...
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RAYA: Nigerian Jewellery Brand Making A Statement
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It starts with a signature yellow box. An indication that this Lagos-based brand is the furthest thing from a wallflower. Ivie Omenai started Raya in 2014 when she noticed the lack of indigenous jewellery brands in Nigeria. Since then, she...
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4 Things To Know About Cairo-based Jeweller Jude Benhalim
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It all started with a project. Like Kenyan designer, Brian Kivuti, Jude Benhalim was sent down her design path by a requirement from her high school. Her task was to complete a creative design of her choice. Fascinated by jewellery,...
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Why You ‘Wood’ Want Statement Structural Jewellery By Nyumbani Design
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*It’s the weekend … we stand by the punny* In a sea of brass designs, you can’t miss the handmade creations from Nyumbani design. The Tanzanian-based jewellery brand not only makes a statement with its distinct paradigm, but also the...
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Nina Bakry Body Jewellery: Egyptian Designer Makes A Statement
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You must be wondering why this designer incorporates the term ‘body jewellery’ in her title. Considering that all jewellery is in fact worn on the body, it may seem somewhat superfluous. Nevertheless, once you’ve seen Nina Bakry’s work, you understand...
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The Amalgamation of Art and Introspection that is Brian Kivuti
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“Welcome to my sanctuary”, Brian Kivuti says as he unlocks the door to his studio tucked away in a corner of Karen’s scenic greenery. He points to the wall on our right, where there’s a jewellery mood board in various...
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PICHULIK Pays Homage To The Natural With ‘HARVEST’
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If you study the rhythm of life and nature, you will find that everything moves in cycles. Cape Town-based jewellery designer, Katherine-Mary Pichulik, decided to capture the power and meaning of this in her summer collection called ‘Harvest’. With the brand...
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What DOES Contemporary Jewellery Mean Anyway?
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‘How would you describe your style?’ As a designer, you’re probably going to hear that question throughout your career. Thankfully there are terms in jewellery lingo that can help summarize what category your work falls into. Some of these terms,...
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INSPIRE: How Nature and Jewellery Design can come Together
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“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process, heal our...
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INSPIRE: Tech & Innovation Concepts in Jewellery You Need to See
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What is your X Factor? That USP that makes a customer or competitor stop in their tracks and give your product their undivided attention. Jewellery, like any other business, is a competitive landscape that battles for customer loyalty. While the...
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On Display: Visual Merchandising Tips That Get Your Jewellery Noticed
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There’s something magical about executing a concept to completion. To finally have a physical manifestation of jewellery line that you can show to the world. But how do you ensure that they actually see it? Whether you already have your...
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So You Want To Be a Jewellery Designer? Read This.
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There’s an enormous billion dollar industry out there that supports this highly specialised form of functional art. You’ve got the sketches and the talent … now what? How do you make that transition from dreamer to a jewellery designer that’s...
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Concepts to Reality: Processes in Jewellery Manufacturing
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Creativity is just the beginning. Once you’ve derived your blue print of design, you’re now tasked with taking it off the paper and into reality. Figuring out how the various joints will be assembled through sub-processes to finally be in...
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ELEMENTS OF JEWELLERY DESIGN: The Basic Units you need to Know
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The principles of jewellery design provided the rules that should essentially get your pieces noticed (and hopefully bought at full price). But now we’ll look at the ingredients you’d actually need to apply these rules to. Elements of design are...
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