Amanda Gorman for Time magazine. Picture: Awol Erizku.
Amanda Gorman for Time magazine. Picture: Awol Erizku.

Meet Jameel Mohammed, the designer behind Amanda Gorman’s jewellery

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Feb 12, 2021

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It’s no secret that Amanda Gorman is currently one of the most loved poets, following the moving poem she recited at Joe Biden’s inauguration last month.

Aside from her poetic talent, Amanda has a great sense of style and her jewellery is often the centre of attention.

If you have been wondering who’s the mastermind behind her unique jewellery pieces, its none other than Jameel Mohammed, the founder of Khiry, a New York brand that celebrates the culture and heritage of the African diaspora.

Mohammed, who is due to release his debut collection later this month, said the earings Gorman wore on the cover of Time magazine, are his favourite - particularly because there were inspired by the beauty of traditional calfskin water jugs.

“Amanda and her work are unapologetically rooted in Black cultural traditions. To see her take to the world stage, and continue to spread a message of hope and possibility for the future on Inauguration Day was incredibly moving.

“In the same month to have her become one of the first people to wear Khiry Fine is an absolute honour,” said Mohamed.

Mohamed received help from Black jewellery designer Matthew Harris for his launch. The latter suggested him when Net-a-Porter was looking for talent for the Vanguard programme. The overwhelming support allowed the designer to use costly 18k gold and precious stones instead of the gold vermeil and silver of his previous collections.

“As Black designers, especially in jewellery, we’re not advantaged in the way many of our competitors are, which makes it very hard to do anything other than try and survive in this industry,” said Mohamed.

Other prominent figures who are fond of Khiry include Barack Obama, Cynthia Erivo and Serena Williams.

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