Traditional beads: A rich blend of beauty, history and aesthetics

Beads are an integral part of the African history and culture.They were used as a status symbol,adornment and gift.

Maasai beads
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.

Segi
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
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.

Your Summer Accessories

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.
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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.
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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.
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African Elegant Necklace
Perfect for weddings, the Ndoa necklace is made to look stunning on the bride while being comfortable.
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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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The Red Edition

Our favorite photo Last month was from our customer who rocked our red layered necklace and Brass ring alongside her African outfit.

We also featured #rededition collection of necklace and matching bracelets because who doesn’t love a little color coordinated elegance.

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Make your statement

People do notice rings, even if they do not say anything. It’s best to wear one bold statement ring on one hand and that is enough to make your whole outfit stand out.

 Ensure that the color of your nail polish does not clash with the colors in your ring, and avoid wearing a bold and colorful ring with multi-colored manicures, nail art and glittery nail polish. While this may look cute, it does not exactly convey a statement of elegance.

These eye-catching rings from Lukagwa are unique one of a kind art pieces, encapsulating the beauty of Africa and it’s culture. 

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Fierce Elegance

In case you missed out on our great Afrocentric handmade accessories to pimp your every day look.

Bracelets
Capture the beauty and vitality of a summer garden with this gorgeous beaded ethnic bracelet. Pair it with your office outfit for extra glam. Feel free to inquire for size details.
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Hair clips
Adorn your hair with Lukagwa’s attractive collection of handmade African hair accessories. They do the job while making you look sophisticated and elegant.

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Rings
Each Brass ring features a one of a kind look designed to resonate with its owner’s personality.
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How to adorn your outfits with African jewelry.

This week we showcased fall friendly looks with a professional suit dress paired with a layered African necklace for Monday. An orange beaded necklace stayed true to the spirit of October for Love Wednesdays, a perfect gift for your loved one and wrapped up the week with a choker beaded necklace that is perfect for a baby bump or a maternity gift for your friend. We also send our love to our customer Denise Gordon, thank you for your purchase.