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.

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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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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2018 Resolutions

Resolutions are an excellent way of building
yourself up for your big break. Some could be small and subtle like
smiling more and others could be tough and hard to follow through will
all year, like quitting sugar 😃. Either way here are some resolutions
that we thought are worth considering.

1. Wake up Early
It is true that the early bird catches the worm. Waking up earlier
than usual will give you time to set your agenda for the day, exercise
and stay on top of things.

2. Make a Statement
Whether it’s political or personal. It is definitely the year to spike
up conversation on things you care about. No more silence

3. Accessorize more consciously
Appreciate the beauty of accessories and use the right jewelry for the
right look. Ditch the mainstream and find your own personal style

4. Positivity
Cut out all the negative thoughts, feelings and energy and embrace
positive thinking, positive relationships and positive lifestyle .
This will have tremendous effects on your relationships and your
health.

5. Health
Becoming healthy is not an overnight activity. Caring about your
health entails a better diet, exercise and regular check ups. Embrace
activities like yoga, skipping rope and power walking or substitute
junk food for a salad once in a while, it will go a long way in making
you feel and look better this year

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.

Love Wednesdays


Turquoise African Masai Beaded statement necklace,Masai Beaded Elegant African jewelry

Turquoise color represents serenity and splendor.This Elegant Turquoise Masai beaded necklace is a true celebration of the African culture and legacy.This African beaded necklace is a creative composition of Masai beads that are intricately placed side by side with a flair of recycled West African beads.The layers on this Turquoise necklace fall beautifully on ones bust.Summer is coming up and you need to add some glam to your wardrobe.Spoil yourself this summer.This African necklace is 20 inches long from the clasp to the last strand.The clasp has extra links to allow for adjustment of the length.It is made from hypo-allergenic material. Thanks for visiting my shop. xoxoxo Lucille

$100.00