Three South African female entrepreneurs who are owning the jewellery sphere with their handmade creations…
NINA BOSCH PORCELAIN
On the outskirts of White River in Mpumalanga lies the Bosch Ceramic studio where founder and artist, Nina Bosch, makes and sells her namesake jewellery. Having grown up in a creative family of ceramicists, self-taught Nina individually handcrafts every piece of jewellery, producing truly unique and one-of-a-kind fine, porcelain jewellery.
Inspired by her natural surroundings, Nina handles each piece with care, while respecting the environment in her working process. She perfectly merges art with slow and mindful fashion, approaching every element in her collections as hand-crafted statement pieces; bold shapes, organic elements, and eccentric finishes are the base of her design philosophy, with a strong focus on timelessness and quality rather than trends and quantity.
LICHEN & LEAF
Established in 2014, Lichen & Leaf specialises in quality block-printed fabrics and unique statement earrings, designed and hand made by founder Cynthia Edwards. Born from Cynthia’s desire to create beautiful, functional pieces of art, L&L first started retailing at The Neighbourgoods Market, selling simple items such as cushion covers, tote bags and tea towels, decorated with Cynthia’s print experiments on fabric.
L&L has now morphed into a creative online space with the addition of more bag styles and my personal favourite, hand crafted polymer clay earrings. Individually made with love, no two earrings are the same and this ensures the most distinctive look and feel. I am in love with all L&L designs, and have featured another popular pair of their earrings before.
Yellow is a jewellery design studio founded by Jessica Lea. Based in Cape Town, Jessica designs and handcrafts sterling silver and brass adornments with a minimal yet playful aesthetic. With a vision to create jewellery that people want to wear, Yellow prides itself on its unique approach to jewellery making, combining distinctive motifs and concepts with classic craftsmanship alongside more contemporary designs. Expect a mixture of subtle elegance with bold design, unique shapes and everything in between. There is something for everyone in Yellow’s collections.
Yellow has exhibited at various shows and markets around the world since 2013, including the Design Indaba in Cape Town, the Sunday Upmarket on Brick Lane in London, and Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn, New York. They were also a part of the recent Kamersvol Geskenke that took place in Johannesburg this past April, where I got the luxury of viewing their beautiful range.
See more of their dreamy designs at www.yellowjewellery.com