NdauCollection

African Leather & Unique Jewelry by The Ndau Collection

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe · 77 Sales

NdauCollection

African Leather & Unique Jewelry by The Ndau Collection

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 77 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Hello from our beautiful corner of Africa - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We make lost wax cast sterling silver and brass jewelry and accessories, adorned with rare trade beads, exotic leathers, precious stones and unusual finds.

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Hello from our beautiful corner of Africa - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We make lost wax cast sterling silver and brass jewelry and accessories, adorned with rare trade beads, exotic leathers, precious stones and unusual finds.

Gail van Jaarsveldt

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Gail van Jaarsveldt

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Anonymous on Dec 17, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Had difficulty receiving package, but they bent over backwards to make everything right. Well with the wait. Terrific bracelet and gracious, helpful seller.

Anonymous on Aug 1, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Good and stylish! Thanks! ;-))))

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About

What's Ndau all about?

The Ndau Collection is a Zimbabwean design house specialising in the creation of unique African jewellery and exotic leather accessories. Based in our home studio of Victoria Falls, we are a collective of designers from Zimbabwe, brought together by our love of African culture, history and design.

Each of our sterling silver, bronze or copper beads and fittings are made using the centuries old African lost-wax casting technique, handmade from beginning to end, resulting in a beautifully soft, curvaceous finish to our metal work that gives it the feel of the ages of history it represents. We combine these cast pieces with our wide collection of beautiful rare antique African Trade beads, semi-precious and precious stones, natural horn and bone, exotic leathers and treasures we find in our travels, to create our one of a kind jewellery and accessories. Every piece takes several weeks to create and is hand worked throughout. Each of our pieces is either unique, a bespoke creation or part of a limited edition run of especially selected castings.

We believe strongly in promoting local talent and work with well known local carvers Justice Ncube and Fanwell Mucheneripi. We have set up and run The Ruoko Project, whereby master wireworker Gift Sitohle, scrimshander Moses Kalembela, mosaic artist Obert Monga and fine pencil artist Leamington Muzhingi are supported, mentored and promoted through the Ndau platform internationally, collaborating with us in producing one of a kind jewellery and accessories, as well as their own designs and artwork.

The Ndau Collection was formed in 1998 by current owner Gail van Jaarsveldt and Gill Athestone, as a result of their great passion for African beadwork. Gill subsequently moved back to Harare and Gail was joined by her daughter Christie Halsted as co-owner of the company and together they have grown The Ndau Collection to where it is today. Pieces from the collection have found their way to all corners of the globe and the brand is fast gaining international recognition.

1998 - Company founded by Gail van Jaarsveldt and Gill Athestone in Victoria Falls
1999 - Introduction of stone cutting
2003 - Christie Halsted joins as co-owner
2004 - Collection expands to include exotic leathers
2012 - First stand-alone gallery
2013 - Voted Emerging Accessories Designers to show at MAGIC, Las Vegas
- Voted Accessories Designers of The Year
Zimbabwe Fashion Awards
- Finalists, Outstanding Accessories Designers of the Year
Africa Fashion Awards

Shop members

  • The Ndau team

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    We're a collective of designers based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The company is owned by designer Gail van Jaarsveldt and Christie Halsted, who create the range along with Joe Mutoko and Christie Brookstein.

  • Gail van Jaarsveldt

    Owner, Maker, Designer, The One Who Makes Things Happen!

    Gail started Ndau nearly 12 yrs ago with her former partner & Joe heading up production. A hobby that she used as stress relief has grown into a respected brand & is now a partnership with her daughter. Gail creates the African Renaissance range.

  • Christie Halsted (Sabag)

    Owner, Maker, Designer, The Boss In The Studio!

    Christie joined forces with Gail several years ago and with her fresh input and drive has taken the collection to where it is today. She adds the edge to designs, working with exotic leathers and materials and keeps us all on the straight and narrow!

  • Joe Mutoko

    Maker, Designer, The One Who Brings It All To Life

    Joe is a founder member of Ndau, starting the business with Gail & naming the brand after his ancestral people. Joe is a 3rd generation self trained silversmith who translates all the ideas into reality with his team & designs elegant pieces himself.

  • Christie Brookstein

    Maker, Designer, The One You'll Probably Communicate With

    Christie is the newest member to the Ndau team, with a background in fashion design and merchandising. As well as designing and creating, she handles the social media side and most of the in house correspondence.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 17, 2013
At Ndau, we pride ourselves on using as much natural material as possible. All our silver is recycled and our bone products are from vintage pieces. Our leather is purchased from legal farmed sources and we are registered with local National Parks and Wildlife Management and are CITES compliant. We support local community enpowerment and presently have a "Street meets Studio" program. This allows local talent access to materials and equipment that they would normally not be in a position to have - thus creating some really special collaboration pieces.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
Paypal Preferred.
Shipping
As we live in a far flung corner of Africa, sending pieces to you sometimes takes longer than normal. We can send by surface mail, which takes around 3 to 4 weeks but cannot be tracked or by DHL which takes around 10 days, but is significantly more expensive. Please chat to us directly to discuss the best shipping option for your purchase. Please check with your local customs any restrictions or fees that may be incurred by you importing this product from us.
Additional policies and FAQs
Any queries and orders will be addressed. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will accept returns on purchases received back in their original condition within 3 weeks.