Lukagwa Jewellers is a jewellery design house that makes customized pieces inspired by the diverse cultures,global trends and colours of the rich natural Kenyan scenery including its people. Being a very cosmopolitan African country, our design influences are derived from the fusion of various ethnic groups, making us truly versatile-though the focal point of our designs is in African arts and culture.
We are very passionate about our work and hope this blog will be a great source of interaction and inspiration – with our fellow art lovers!This blog takes you through the journey of Lukagwa and her experiences.
Lukagwa’s hair accessories are inspired by our urge to accessorize our own dreadlocks. We also took into account sister locks and women of color who like to keep their hair natural.
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The Brass Cufflinks’ symbolic motif takes on a radiant new form in the Lukagwa family. Designed with a dimensional framework, these sparkling cufflinks have a contemporary spin on traditional African art.
Feel the beats from Africa with this pair of African drum cufflinks. The Luhya community in western Kenya is known for their famous Isikuti drum and their vigorous dancing.This pair of Custom made Brass cuff links is a creation of this drum.
Perfect for gifting, this pair of custom made brass cufflinks feature african motifs. Africa has a wealth of patterns, everywhere you look you will see repetitions of shapes and colours, textures and lines laid out in all sorts of arrangements.
The Nyanga Pan Pipes flute is popular amongst the people of Mozambique. It is bamboo or reed instrument composed of multiple small tubes of varying length tied together.This pair of African Brass Cuff links are influenced by this powerful traditional flute.
Style meets culture in this gourd shaped pair of Brass Cuff links.In our local setting the Gourd is used to consume porridge making it tastier.In our dialect we call it the Eshimuka.
The idea of making Cuff links in the semblance of a Cello was influenced by a client. Notably Lucille, founder of Lukagwa has a passion for music thus we brought the concept to life.
Fish is a delicacy and a source of livelihood for some in the Kenyan setting. We chose to depict this treasured aquatic animal in our custom made Afrocentric Brass Cuff links.
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Warm summer nights require uncomplicated silhouettes and simple afrocentric jewellery. Be it a weekend getaway or a short trip abroad, these fabulous African statement rings will do all the talking.
This Ethnic Brass ring is an artistic play of brass wire. Featuring an innovative spiral construction, it is a depiction of the abstract nature of Art. This ring can be paired with a simple necklace for an elegant look.
Simplicity in itself is stylish. Sparkling all round, this Afrocentric brass ring will make you shine day and night. Wear alone for minimal simplicity, or pair with more jewelry for maximum impact.A perfect gift for a loved one.
The shape of the ring is a rendition of the G-clef. This musically inspired Brass ring captivates the mind. Ideal for a music lover attending a concert or a festival, this ring compliments eclectic style.
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Our dedication to protecting our homeland Africa and its resources is at the heart of our culture. It is for this reason that we use materials that are obtained fairly, responsibly and are environment friendly.
A unique feature of Lukagwa jewelry is its beautiful beads that are
sourced from Africa and other parts of the world. Some of the beads are
made of brass, silver, various types of glass, shells and stones.
We use recycled glass,dried seeds,Ostrich shell beads,horn and Cow bone beads in a variety of our necklaces. These beads are locally made in Nairobi.
In addition to that we acknowledge the importance of helping the girl
child,therefore we train young girls jewelry making through apprenticeship.
We also give business opportunities to the informal sector like welders and
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Beads are an integral part of the African history and culture.They were used as a status symbol,adornment and gift.
These attractive beads are made of plastic and glass that the Maasai obtained from other communities through trade. Before that the Maasai used wood,iron, seeds and shells as materials to make their traditional ornaments. Making jewelry is done specifically by women and it’s considered their duty to learn bead work. In the pastoral communities beaded necklaces were used to indicate the status of one in society.A young unmarried Samburu lady would wear a series of beaded necklaces, which have been given to her as gifts.These beaded necklaces would make her desirable thus securing a marriage proposal. Amongst the Kikuyu a circumcised man would wear a beaded belt known as Kenyatta until he became an elder.In South Africa the Zulu used specific color of the beads to convey a message to their suitor.
They are a major feature during many traditional festivals during which devotees and participants decorate their bodies with beads of different shapes, colours and sizes. Glass Beads were also one of the products traded, in exchange for humans between Europeans and West Africans in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade era. Later beads signified royalty and distinguished a royal father from his subjects, chieftain title holders and other monarchs always wore beads.Glass beads in Africa are mostly made by the Bida of Nigeria, Krobo of Ghana and Baoule of Cote d’Ivoire.
Cowrie shells are valued for their durability and aesthetics.They were once used as burial offerings and symbolize fertility.
It is believed that cowrie shells were the first currency used by mankind. In Ancient Africa they represented wealth and were traded for food,goods and services. They were mostly sourced from India.Nowadays they are used in ornaments and numerous decorations.
With summer around the corner, here are some African accessories from Lukagwa that are a must try.
African Drop Earrings
In numerous colors, lengths and designs, Afrocentric drop earrings are a must have. Pull your hair back to reveal it’s full glamour.
African Statement rings
Made to suit multiple occasions, these statement rings are perfect for one who doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry but loves to make a statement.
Simple African Beaded Bracelet
These colorful bracelets make a perfect gift for all ages. You could layer more than one for a more unique look.
African Elegant Necklace
Perfect for weddings, the Ndoa necklace is made to look stunning on the bride while being comfortable.
Cowrie Shell layered Necklace
This piece of timeless jewelry can be worn on special occasions or as a statement piece. This cowrie shell necklace is strung together with smaller antique glass beads and holed coins from old East Africa. It is definitely a collectors item.
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