Learn more about their stunning pieces—and the inspiration source behind each business.  

By Nashia Baker
February 22, 2021
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No outfit is complete without a few accessories, and most of us use our jewelry as that finishing touch. If you're in the market for a new necklace or pair of earrings, put several of the following Black-owned jewelry businesses—offering everything from minimalist to statement pieces—on your radar. Ahead, find out more about these brands (many of which help their consumers give back) as you continue your support of Black-owned businesses in the process.

White/Space

Designer Khadijah Fulton (pictured above), based in Seattle, Washington, launched her sustainable jewelry brand White/Space for modern women who are "all gorgeously complex individuals and an endless source of inspiration," her website reads. Mid-century architecture, goldsmithing, and sculpture also inspire her minimalist pieces—all of which are made from recycled gold and conflict-free stones.

Oh So Fitting

Merrie, the founder of Oh So Fitting, created her jewelry collection with a minimalist and streamlined vision in mind. Each hypoallergenic, lightweight piece is handcrafted in her Atlanta, Georgia, workshop, where she dreams up designs for the modern woman. "I actually reduced my IT job to part-time status in order to spend more time on my jewelry business," she tells MarthaStewart.com. "I do like to add some geometric elements for interest, and I love the glamorous mix of gold and black together."

Hello Eana

Bold colors and shapes inform each creation from Hello Eana. This Bronx, New York, small business sells hypoallergenic, stainless steel, nickel-free, polymer clay jewelry emblazoned with all kinds of visual motifs, from Henri Matisse's cut outs to rainbows and color block details.

Aur Jewelry

After receiving her BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute, Bianca Abreu set out to make jewelry that spoke to her love for glass and metal. Thus, Aur Jewelry was born. Whether she is making a ring, necklace, or set of earrings, Bianca uses a 2,000-degree flame to shape the glass and continues by hand-cutting, cold-working, and piecing together the overall design into wearable art.

Omi Woods

The pendants, necklaces, cowries, and other essential pieces from Omi Woods are rich representations of Africa and the diaspora. Ashley Alexis McFarlane created her jewelry brand with a mission to make conflict-free baubles that embody history—including female icons and historic figures in the process.

A Is for Avery

Avery, the designer behind A Is for Avery, is a contemporary artist who creates handcrafted clay "ear art" for her customers. "My creations are itinerant: worn to work, the airport, a wedding, the classroom, a night out with friends, the neighborhood dive, a date, a high school reunion, and an upscale whiskey bar," she explains on her site, adding that these pieces are meant to elevate an outfit and much more. "They'll only enhance the wonderful person that you already are."

Made by Malyia

New York City native Malyia McNaughton looks to her roots when making her Made by Malyia jewelry. Her creative eye is inspired by the architecture and pulse of the Big Apple, but Malyia also draws inspiration from African culture, indigenous tribal adornment, and nature. She describes her finished items as "unique, understated jewelry that makes a statement."

Third Crown

The husband-and-wife team Kofi and Kristin Essel founded Third Crown "to celebrate the merging of two forces coming together to form something new," their website shares. In their work, you will find clean lines, gold-and-silver plate brass materials, and geometric shapes; best of all, most of their pieces are gender-neutral.

Valerie Madison

Valerie Madison, a Seattle-based creative, took her environmental science degree and love for alternative jewelry to launch her eponymous jewelry brand, featuring heirloom-quality jewelry that is meant to last. She hand-selects stones and uses recycled metals to "celebrate not only the beauty of life and love, but also the natural world and the stunning gemstones that come from it," her website shares.

Filosophy

Take one look at this small business' offerings, and watch how quickly you become a "filosopher." Owner Ofelia founded Filosophy back in 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and transformed her first design composed of beads and gemstones into a collection featuring chains and gold. Now based in New York, the designer continues to create—and draws inspiration from her own family (namely her grandparents, who are represented in her latest Margo + Lee collection) when doing so.

Esh Jewelry Collection

The Esh Jewelry Collection consists of "raw semi-precious stones, Chez glass, intaglios, resin, lucite, and other interesting materials paired with 24k plated brass and gold-filled contemporary findings," designer Tasha Hussey details on her Etsy page. The Atlanta, Georgia, brand adds a twist on standard vintage pieces and resin jewelry with geometric shapes and bold colors in every design.

We Dream in Colour

Jade Gedeon founded We Dream in Colour nearly two decades ago. Today, consumers can choose from over 700 styles handcrafted by the women-led production team at the brand's Salem, Massachusetts, studio. From vintage bracelets and earrings to antique necklaces and rings, Gedeon fuses classic design and nature at each and every turn—take their night garden and Tabogo tropic collections, for example.

Mateo New York

Mateo New York started out as a collection for men curated by its founder, Matthew Harris, in March 2009. The Black-owned line has since expanded into women's pieces inspired by modern art; they have been displayed and sold everywhere from the African American Museum of Art and Culture to the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum of Contemporary Art. The accessible brand features fine jewelry made from metals with touches of diamonds and gemstones.

Dreambox Jewelry

Katherine Hayes' collection of refined, delicate jewelry is the physical representation of her daydreams. She creates each Dreambox Jewelry piece from her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and believes that every design should reflect her mind and act as a type of language of expression.

The Pink Locket

"The Pink Locket's handmade jewelry is created with love and with 'that' woman in mind," owner Kamilah Campbell says on her website. The small business not only features one-of-a-kind designs—think chunky bracelets and jewelry dishes to store them in—for a female audience, but offers plenty of gifts for men, including personalized dog tags and cuff links.

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