There are lots of places to buy jewels and gems. But not all of them are exceptionally made, and certainly not all of them are both (relatively) affordable and have been worn by the likes of Erykah Badu. Enter: the Black-owned jewelry list, a compilation of rings, necklaces, hoops, chains, and finger caps from brands like Johnny Nelson (maker of a four-finger jewelry ring) and OMA the Label, which makes the kind of perfectly vintage-looking pieces you’ll want to slip on with every outfit.
In Catherine Sarr’s London-born, now Chicago-based fine-jewelry line, everything is made from 18-karat gold. The sculptural designs have abstract lines and organic curves and are often adorned with diamonds or other precious gemstones — like this pendant necklace reminiscent of a hair pick with a diamond at the center.
Another fine-jewelry line out of London is Aurelia & Pierre. Many of the pieces are designed around colorful gemstones inspired by nature and founder Amokeye Adede’s Nigerian heritage. You’ll find a mix of elegant and dainty rings, necklaces, and earrings that still make a statement. We’re fond of this unique ring, but if nothing is speaking to you, you can create something original through the company’s bespoke services.
On the more affordable end is Ten Wilde. Like Almasika, everything is gold, but Tenisha Wilde’s line has many gold-plated and gold-filled designs that are more affordable. The unique range of items includes waist chains and personalized pieces like this Anne Boleyn–esque pearl choker.
Matthew Harris, the self-taught designer behind Mateo, initially launched his company as a men’s jewelry brand. In 2014, Harris shifted to fine women’s jewelry — but the pieces are striking just the same. We’re particularly into this pearl anklet, which we think would be nice for the coming warmer months.
Model and jewelry designer Tanaya Henry — of Beyoncé’s Black Is King fame — makes blingy, statement-making jewelry like this cubic-zirconia belly chain, which can be customized to fit up to a 52-inch waist.
For the public-transit enthusiast, Melanie Marie makes necklaces with vintage New York subway-token charms.