Following in the footsteps of established local brands like Pichulik and Kirsten Goss, South African jewellers are taking centre stage. Here, we’ve decided to highlight six of our favourite lesser-known jewellery makers: from subtle elegance to bold power statements, these creatives are well worth keeping an eye on.
WAIF is the creative outlet of Gisèle Human, who is predominantly inspired by nature. Her lack of formal training lends to her fresh and ever-evolving approach, aided by the ongoing mentorship of her goldsmith mother Heidi Human. A one-woman company (for now), WAIF operates on weekends and after hours out of Gisele’s home in Woodstock in the Mother City.
Originally from the UK, Anna Richerby moved to South Africa in her twenties and delved into her passion for beading by starting Beloved Beadwork in Cape Town. Each piece is unique, intricate and handmade by 13 skilled beadworkers from tiny, colourful beads. As the company’s name suggests, they make beloved personal adornments that aim to make people feel beautiful.
A talented goldsmith, Songezo Baleni is also known for his staple design element of weaving, which he learned as a child. After being introduced to Veronica Anderson of Veronica Anderson Jewellery in Joburg, his jewellery has taken off. Looking to no one but his mother for motivation, Songezo is now launching his own business while strengthening ties with galleries, both local and international, with the idea of collaborating with fashion designers in the future.
dan fuller jewellery
Androgynous and clean-cut, the pieces created by Cape Town-based Dan Fuller employ industrial and handmade manufacturing methods that are typically associated with architecture and furniture design. Dan’s range of contemporary jewellery and fashion accessories is made from high-grade stainless steel and is perfect for modern living.
mr & mrs
Husband and wife duo Cecil and Sarah Jane Bosman have made the most of their joint love for travel and treasure with their store Mr & Mrs Lifestyle and Design, in Kloof Street, Cape Town. With its distinctive blue-and-gold facade, the shop is hard to miss and, once inside, not only will you discover a remarkable selection of elegant jewellery, but also a wealth of locally produced homeware and clothing.
Durban-based creative Siviwe Jali considers himself conservative when it comes to design – but that doesn’t mean he isn’t willing to experiment. With varying inspirations and making use of a wide range of creative processes, his one-of-a-kind pieces in silver, copper and brass certainly make a statement.