Spotlight On South African Jewellery Design

We have an abundance of local talent making striking jewellery ranging from accessible, affordable ready-to-wear items to more “avant-garde” statement pieces. The biggest difficulty in doing this article, was choosing the South African jewellery designers to feature and then selecting only a couple of our favourite pieces. An impossible task so we’re probably going to end up doing a series on this topic. Today we feature a mixed bag of jewellery designers with a broad range of styles and prices that vary from budget friendly to “luxury gift” items. I have no doubt that you’ll find something you like in these collections. Click the links below to shop online.



Founded in 2013 by Cape Town designer Mary-Anne Grobler, the Matter of Fakt collection consists of a gorgeous, bold range of earrings, chokers, rings and bracelets forged from brass. There’s also a range of more delicate designs in gold-plated silver with crystals as well as interesting pieces using raw stones. I particularly like the lines of the Oasis collection. Here are some of my favourite pieces.

Statement outline freeform earrings and choker hand forged from brass wire. Freeform Earrings R950. Freeform choker R850.

Brass bangle featuring two spears, available in two sizes; normal (18cm) and upper arm (22cm). Spear brass bangle R250. Also pictured are a couple of brass rings, including a quirky bullet brass ring for R570. Find more rings here.

The collection also features some beautiful malachtite jewellery like these gorgeous hand-shaped Freeform Malachtite Earrings set on a rectangle brass plate R1,500.



Famke Koene creates delicately timeless pieces. All her jewelry is handmade in Cape Town using sterling silver or brass which you can also choose to purchase plated in yellow gold or rose gold. Great for spring and summer layering, the reasonable price point of her jewelry makes her pieces even more attractive.

Left: Sun and moon lariat R425 manufactured in silver with sterling silver 45cm chain. This item comes in silver, yellow gold plated (pictured) and a rose gold plated version. Right: XL line necklace R580 manufactured in silver with sterling silver 90cm chain. The necklace comes in a yellow gold plated, silver and rose gold plated version as pictured.


From top left: Circle and line earrings R425 ±5cm long, manufactured in silver with a yellow- or rose gold plated finish. Circle ring in 9ct yellow gold R1,120. Double brass bangle R580. 



Cuffs cuffs cuffs! I adore the sophistication beautiful cuffs lend to just about any outfit. You need look no further than Philippa Green and her iconic range of unique perspex, copper or brass cuffs, which you’ve no doubt spotted in a fashion mag or three. Although a Durbanite, Philippa has set-up a studio in Cape Town where she creates her hand-crafted masterpieces. Her jewellery range includes bold rings and earrings and has something for every budget.

50mm Perspex cuff with engraved pincushion detail. Pincushion cuff R529. This is made in 4 colour combinations – shown here are the “Neutral & Gold” (top) and “Neutral & Black” (bottom) versions.


60mm Black perspex bangle with hand engraved king protea on a sterling silver plate. King Protea Cuff R3,990.


40mm wide 5mm thick wrapped black perspex cuff with brass & copper detail and sterling silver studs. Wrapped multi cuff R4,800.



Another Cape Town based designer, Ida Elsja has amazing versatility, mixing contemporary with traditional, vintage with modern. While she specialises in personalised engagement rings, her range extends to bold chandelier and filigree earrings, as well as individually designed necklaces, bracelets, pendants and brooches. The three pieces I selected below, show just how versatile her style is.

These pretty 24ct gold plated earrings are made from brass plate and have sterling silver hooks. (Unfortunately, the site is silent on the nature of the semi-precious stones.) Rolling stones earrings R4,850. 

I’ve always been a huge Deco fan and instantly fell in love with these brass, 24ct gold plated Deco earrings with sterling silver hooks, and a 9ct gold pin and butterfly.

Ida Elsje Deco earrings R1,550.

Handmade in Cape Town, this lust-have statement bangle was designed in collaboration with Architect Stefan Antoni. It is utterly luxurious with two round brilliant (0.06ct) diamonds set in a solid aluminium plate, with double twist and a polished shiny finish.

Ida Elsje Diamond Zeno Bangle R6,500.



Jessica Lea, founder of Yellow Jewellery, creates delicate, minimalist designs in her Cape Town studio using sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Her style varies from the elegant simplicity of the Line Collection to the delicate beauty (which I feel has Decoist inspiration) of the Luna collection.

Featured below are some items from her Luna collection.

Rose gold plated sterling silver pendant with an opal on a 55cm chain. Rose gold Luna necklace R800.

This is such a pretty arc shaped earring that hugs the earlobe. Pictured is the silver version with an opal. There is also a rose gold plated version with a black diamond. Arc earrings R650.

Rose gold plated sterling silver ring set with smokey quartz.  Rose gold arrow ring R850.

We’ve only scratched the surface on the local talent we love. We’ll be sharing more of our fabulous finds in the future.


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