Gigi Collection - Ghanaian Bead Jewelry


Guido's Heart

1 In Stock

Regular price $59.99

Theophelia, my newest partner, designs and sells handmade jewelry from her store in Kumasi, Ghana. She uses Krobo beads and brass accents in her one-of-a-kind statement pieces.

Krobo Beads

Krobo beads are made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patterned to resemble old Venetian fancy trade beads. They are made from bottles and other glass items that are turned into powder, and then poured into molds to create beads. Decorations on the beads are made with a paste made of colored glass powder and water which is applied by hand using a thin wooden stalk. The beads are cooked a second time to fix the decor. Each bead is unique.

Brass Accents and Adinkra Symbols

The brass used to make these accents is primarily sourced from recycled metal. Casting these brass beads requires exceptional skill and attention to detail. Before engaging in any metalwork, artisans create a template or mold for the bead by hand and use beeswax to create the filigree work frame that is characteristic of many of these accent beads. Theophelia uses brass Adinkra symbols. Adinkra symbols were originally designed by the Asante craftsmen of Ghana. The symbols embody non-verbal communicative and aesthetic values, as well as the way of life of the people who designed them.

Shipping Information

Since our jewelry is made to order, you should expect to receive your necklace set within 3 to 4 weeks. All necklace sets are inspected for damage before shipping. Please note that we cannot ship orders to a P.O. Box. We can only ship orders to a home or business address.

Dimensions

Approximate length of necklace: 19-21 inches 

Approximate length of pendants: 3-4 inches

Approximate length of bracelets: 11 inches

Amanda has been designing jewelry for more than a decade in her small brick-and-mortar store in Accra. She has an eye for color and style, thoughtfully selects each bead, and creates a beautiful necklace. These limited edition statement necklaces and matching earrings are made from recycled beads. Each necklace comes with a bonus pair of earrings or a bracelet.

Krobo Beads

African glass beads from Ghana are often referred to as Krobo beads since they are primarily produced in the Krobo mountains located in the eastern region of southeastern Ghana. Krobo beads are made from recycled glass which is broken into tiny fragments and molded into beautiful beads. The glass is layered to create colorful patterns and designs.

Shipping Information

All necklace sets are inspected for damage before shipping. Please note that we cannot ship orders to a P.O. Box. We can only ship orders to a home or business address.

Dimensions

Approximate length of necklace: 19-21 inches 

Approximate length of brass pendants: 3 inches 

Approximate length of earrings: 2 inches 

Approximate length of bracelet: 11 inches