Blown glass flower neckpieces from R1 105 to R1 350. Bracelet, R360. All by Ingrid De Haast, available at Artisan Gallery.  Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
Blown glass flower neckpieces from R1 105 to R1 350. Bracelet, R360. All by Ingrid De Haast, available at Artisan Gallery. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
Antique silver pendant, R1 447. Amethyst on silverback, R1 615. Silver and tourmaline stones, R1 275. All by Eicke Schmidt available at Artisan Gallery.  Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
Antique silver pendant, R1 447. Amethyst on silverback, R1 615. Silver and tourmaline stones, R1 275. All by Eicke Schmidt available at Artisan Gallery. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
From the Shaman Collection: Maya studs in turquoise and vermeil, 

R1 790. Colour-block multi-strand necklace, R7 750. Ghanaian glass, smoky quartz and vermeil necklace, R2 650. All from Kirsten Goss. Jane Bedford silk scarf, R1 870 available at Artisan Gallery. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
From the Shaman Collection: Maya studs in turquoise and vermeil, R1 790. Colour-block multi-strand necklace, R7 750. Ghanaian glass, smoky quartz and vermeil necklace, R2 650. All from Kirsten Goss. Jane Bedford silk scarf, R1 870 available at Artisan Gallery. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
Necklace made of links, R360. Headpiece, R360. Bangles, from R43 to R77. All from the African Art Centre. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media
Necklace made of links, R360. Headpiece, R360. Bangles, from R43 to R77. All from the African Art Centre. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Media

Durban - Locally made jewellery, unique in its design and craftsmanship, is gaining artistic, cultural and social appeal as those in the know strive to achieve a look that is individual and socially aware.

Omeshnie Naidoo dropped in on her favourite places to see what was in store ahead of Christmas.

* Since launching in London in 2002, Durban-based jewellery designer Kirsten Goss’s treasurable contemporary jewellery has made her South African jewellery design royalty.

In 2012, she scooped the award for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa from Design Indaba and has launched her Diamond Collection.

We choose to feature her vibrant Shaman Collection, inspired by a trip to Ghana and in collaboration with crafters there. The big, bold colours of Shaman and its design may be strongly rooted in Africa, but references the international tribal theme fashion is now celebrating.

* KwaZulu-Natal artists at the Artisan Gallery showed an equal display of masterful craftsmanship.

We featured work by Arnia van Vuuren, Eicke Schmidt and exquisite blown-glass pieces by Ingrid de Haast.

They’re all lovingly local and high-end.

If you’re looking for a status symbol to wear around your neck without that big price tag, look no further than the African Art Centre. Its artists collective is always churning out innovative, quirky jewellery.

The Mercury

 

Pictures: Jacques Naude

Model: Mumtaz Sophia, Models International

Jewellery and locations: Artisan Gallery, African Art Centre and Kirsten Goss Durban Store

Fabrics: Jane Bedford at Artisan. Haroun Hansrot with Fabric World and Bridal Centre

Styling: Omeshnie Naidoo