Warm Summer Nights require..

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

Suited&Beaded

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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.
Post a photo of you wearing one of pieces and tag us.You stand a chance to win a free accessory from Lukagwa.

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Lets Customize something just for You….

Making Cuff links has been a creative journey.Each attempt brings forth a new idea.We are making custom made cuff links that ooze of ones personality and style.Do you have an idea of the type of Cuff links you would like?

Share your ideas with us on lukagwa@gmail.com.Give us the opportunity to help u realize your creativity.

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The Legendary Artisan- Alan Donovan

“To those outside its magnetic spell, Africa may seem
incomprehensible, fathomless, in the primordial past. Yet,
wherever we are in the world, everyone one of us had an African
ancestor, that much is almost certain. Africa is the cradle
of humanity….. As a co-founder of African Heritage, the
continent’s first Pan African Gallery, in Nairobi, Kenya, I
discovered Africa’s rich legacy to the world’s art….. I served
as a conduit and catalyst to reveal the awesome beauty of
Africa to its visitors and to others around the world” by Alan Donovan.

I was humbled to be hosted by the renowned Alan Donovan of African Heritage in his stunning Timbuktu Castle.He lay the foundation and passed on knowledge that trickled down and influenced numerous creatives.Alan’s passion and creativity in African art was my first point of contact with the World of Art.I was a frequent visitor of the African Heritage at Libra House .All the accessories mesmerized me,i imagined one day creating jewelry equally as beautiful.Today i got the opportunity to exchange ideas with this amazing creative,the experience was priceless.

Creativity is a journey in which the people you meet inspire you to do things differently…….be part of our cruise on http://www.etsy.com/shop/lukagwa.