Efforts for A better future: Lukagwa’s sustainable business practices

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
craftsmen.
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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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Love is in the Air

Love is in the air and  we have unique, one of a kind timeless gifts for your loved ones.The Afrocentric brass hair clips are a symbol of human ingenuity that incorporates both ancient African jewelry making processes and contemporary elements to it. 

The brass and bead rings are outright cool. They carry a degree of sophistication and authenticity that is unmatched. Suitable for any occasion.Lukagwa bracelets and earrings are elegant, perfectly fitting alternative to those who do not prefer necklaces. The bracelets come with an adjustable ring and dimensions are available upon request.Head on over to the Etsy Shop to get a gift set for your loved one, great prices too!! 

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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.

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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

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Lukagwa pieces can be worn formally or informally.Our jewelry stands out because of its cultural aura and brightly colored beads.
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