Must haves for your autumn/winter jewellery collection: the Belinda Carter Cuff and earrings by Anu Rock and Metal Jewelry, a Brooklyn-based jewellery line anyone who loves original artistic jewellery should know about.
Hand made by Kodwo Tehinonviji Nwala, the founder of Anu Rock and Metal Jewelry online, both are made from copper using Kodwo’s own unique folding technique and finished with fire.
Kodwo’s designs are made from brass, silver, gold copper and oxidized copper. Some are made free-form making each piece unique and he says his inspiration for the designs comes from a multitude of places.
“Mostly I’m people watcher, Kodwo shared with Planetfem. “A lot of times (I’m) checking out things other than their jewelry. Just watching various adorning styles of people…but I’m influenced by ancient art and fashion… mostly of African culture but not limited to it.”
Kodwo began his artistic jewellery business after being introduced to jewellery making, stringing gemstones on in Puerto Rico sixteen years ago during an expedition which followed the route his ancestors would have travelled from Africa to the Americas as enslaved Africans, backwards.
The life-changing journey took him through the islands of Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Brazil. The name of his business ‘Anu’ is inspired by the first civilisation of African people known to use metal and crystal for technology. The Anu are said to originate in Ta Mare (Kemet) but their bones have been found at many ancient sites worldwide such as Stone Henge.
His list of clients include Peppa (Kanye West’s late mother), Beyoncé’s mother, Kim Cole, Mary J, Rihanna, Ellis Ross, Foxy Brown, and Freedom Williams (Ce & Ce Music Factory) to name a few… and Planetfem is now definitely one of his fans too!
Check out the website here.
Photo credit: Anu Rock and Metal Jewellery/Nkrumah Jennings own.