As the global black community battles the systemic racism that has blighted it for centuries – and certainly not for the first time – its allies are asking what they too can do to enact lasting change. Beyond resolute resharing of relevant resources, signing petitions and donating money, another way to support black people is to support black businesses. While the act of shopping itself is often decried as frivolous, buying from black-owned brands is an investment into black futures. Black businesses matter along with black lives, and spending consciously is the least we can do to make a difference.
To that end, we begin with black-owned jewellery brands. Please consider purchasing from these the next time you want to add to your jewellery collection.
Citing Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood as influences, Brooklyn-raised Johnny Nelson specialises in ‘conversation pieces that catch the eye’.
Khiry was founded by Jameel Mohammed after being told by an unnamed CEO that true luxury brands could only ever come out of Paris or Milan.
Founded only last year, Serendipitous Project seeks to offer jewellery that is both affordable and sustainable.
Beads Byaree is a multidisciplinary brand that focuses especially on handcrafted and inimitable pieces of jewellery.
CONVERSATIONS OVER CHAI
Look to Conversations Over Chai for jewellery that is as thoughtful as it is cute.
Dixiegraze filled the gap that was missing for its founder in the custom jewellery market – expect nothing that’s not gold-plated and of high quality.
Latasha Lamar designs timeless pieces with editorial staying power.
Harwell Godfrey marries the art of fine jewellery with ancient patterns.
Part of Mahogani’s design mission is ‘to shed light on the beauty that you exude’ – what’s not to love?
From bags to bracelets, Martine Ali is a genius when it comes to precious metals.
Melanie Marie is an NYC-born and NYC-raised brand with a wealth of pieces to choose from.
Mateo’s founder Matthew Harris studied Hospitality Management before becoming a self-taught jewellery designer.
Nandi Naya jewellery is handmade to perfection.
THE JUMA BRAND
The Juma Brand creates collections based on everything from astrology to ancient Egypt.
Third Crown succeeds in designing statement pieces that can be worn every day.
Founded in 2007, Vintage Royalty prizes personal style above all else.
Yam is a tribute to the designer’s late mother which highlights the wonder of upcycling.
Soul Visionary creates nothing short of wearable art and is based in London.
First published on Buro247.com.
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