AfricaJewelryDesign

Mostly African with some Ethnic custom jewelry

Hideaway, Texas On Etsy since 2015

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

AfricaJewelryDesign

Mostly African with some Ethnic custom jewelry

Hideaway, Texas | 536 Sales

Announcement    Our mostly African Jewelry shop is open on Etsy. Lots of variety with necklaces, earrings and bracelets with colorful beads from Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nairobi, Uganda, and some fillers from Java, Tibet, Nepal and Turkey. Also opened a new shop for 'everyday' jewelry, check mellodesignsboutique on Etsy.

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Last updated on Jun 11, 2020

Our mostly African Jewelry shop is open on Etsy. Lots of variety with necklaces, earrings and bracelets with colorful beads from Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nairobi, Uganda, and some fillers from Java, Tibet, Nepal and Turkey. Also opened a new shop for 'everyday' jewelry, check mellodesignsboutique on Etsy.

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About AfricaJewelryDesign

Sales 536
On Etsy since 2015

Colorful African trade beads turn into unique jewelry designs

I started designing jewelry to help my daughter cover expenses for my chronically ill granddaughter. For 4 years my jewelry was listed first on eBay, then gradually to Etsy on my daughter's shop. Etsy now carries my daughter's line of Awareness bracelets and anklets under https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChronicallyCaring. She has bracelets, anklets, necklaces and keychains covering all the major diseases, cancers, misc. afflictions and sells to many support groups.

Since the Etsy site has evolved to have more focus on Julie's awareness items and less on other types of jewelry, I have set up my own shop. I focus mainly on African jewelry designs. I like them best because they are so colorful and unique, and at the same time help workers in Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia to sell their wares. A friend with the State Department started me on my African jewelry designs, sending me a variety of beads while on assignment in Ghana in 2012.

I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii where I have had a graphic web design & development business there for the past 14 years and moved to Texas 6 years ago to be nearer family. My focus now is on jewelry design. I recently opened a second Etsy shop for my everyday jewelry designs: MelloDesignsBoutique.

The beads used for these one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces come from several countries in Africa as well as Indonesia, and a few focal beads from China and Tibet. Some are collected on world travels, some from friends on assignment in Ghana and others from local US merchants who work with African communities to help their economy.

HISTORY OF AFRICAN BEADS
The African Bead History of particular Ghanaian beads dates back to ancient times when they were first used as the King’s currency for the exchange of slaves, textiles and alcohol. Later, they became popular in the ancient coming of age rituals for girls. Today, they are mostly tourist attractions. The modern day woman – both African and non-African, is rediscovering the beauty of these Ghana beads which are growing in variety and popularity.

Sand cast beads are also referred to as powdered glass beads and feature glass beads crafted by hand. They are also known as Krobo beads from the Krobo mountain area of production. These beads were popularly used as currency during trade in West African countries such as Ghana.

Sand cast beads are made in a process which has bead makers grinding up bottles or other scrap glass to produce recycled beads. These are then fired in clay molds at a relatively low temperature in order to give the beads texture and are hand-painted..

Batik/ Bone beads are popular in most African countries and are handcrafted from animal bone and thereafter dyed through the batik method to give them color. Mudcloth beads are another name for Batik dyed beads because the resulting bead designs resemble bogolanfini cloth known as mudcloth.

Clean most African beads with a small amount of Mineral Oil on a clean cloth and rub. This is not recommended for old, batik dyed or Antique beads as their dirt is well earned and adds to their history. Cleaning agents such as soap are not advised.

Shop members

  • Marsha

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    Graphic Designer, Jewelry Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on July 6, 2018
Welcome to my shop. I love working with African beads, mostly recycled glass from Ghana with some Batik cow bone beads from Kenya and interesting pendants from Ethiopia. I also sometimes add some filler beads from Java and Nepal for added interest. My section on miscellaneous bracelets, earrings, and necklaces have been added recently for more variety.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Full refund on cancellation within 36 hours. Full refund on return of the item. Full refund if lost in transit.
Payment
PayPal only.
Shipping
SHIPPING within 3 days. Tracking number supplied.
I will send you a note that I've received your order within 24 hours of purchase. Your item will be shipped within 1-3 business days unless otherwise notified.

All items are shipped via USPS 1st Class Mail. Upgrades are available with charge as requested. Initial shipping via 1st Class is $3.25. additional items $.50

I will ship straight to anyone you specify as a gift, as well as include a personal note as requested. Just leave me the information in the note to seller at checkout.

SHIPPING TIMES:

While packages generally arrive MUCH sooner, I allow the post office up to 2 weeks for Domestic delivery before refunding for non-delivery.

Thanks for your understanding! The postal service is a fickle being.

Please remember that shipping around any holiday can be very unpredictable and Priority Upgrades are recommended to ensure faster delivery times!