Black Millennials Form New Jewelry Company That Honors Legacy Of Their Foremothers

Avon Dorsey
Aug, 30, 2018 8:08 PM UTC

When looking for style inspiration most millennials simply unlock their phones and scroll through their favorite influencer’s social media feeds. Yet Janelle Langford and Raven Roberts look towards the past for fashionable references.

Langford, a former ESSENCE ‘It Girl’, and Roberts, who’s a celebrity stylist, both decided it was time for something new in the fashion jewelry landscape and called on the influence of their grandmothers to create Maxine & Jimmie, their new line of creative and affordable baubles.

“I wanted to create something at the intersection of my purpose and passions…the opportunity to build something for my children,” says Langford.

Roberts adds, “My grandmother continues to instill in me the importance of education and encourages me to go after what I want in life.”

Their collection of rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces are meticulously crafted with nickel and lead-free materials. Prices range from $23. to $32. and can be purchased at

Happy shopping!