Gallery: Local gems sparkle

By Omeshnie Naidoo Time of article published Nov 24, 2014

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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

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