The New School: 6 Black Designers That Represent the Next Wave of Jewelry Artisans

From Chris Aire's grand creations to Kevia Jeffrey-West's environmental focused designs, this is the next wave of Black jewelry artisans.

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 14, 2016

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Hailing from Nigeria, Chris Aire's handmade and innovative diamond designs have been on the jewelry radar for 25 years. In 2004 he staged the first ever Jewelry runway show starring Naomie Campbell. Aire has stayed true to his roots and sources his materials from Africa, making sure to only deal with conflict free diamonds.

Feng Shui 18-karat yellow gold and diamond stackable bangles, price upon request, Chris Aire, Beverly Hills, 310-888-4094.

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Designed with sustainability in mind, Kevia founder Kevia Jeffrey-West prides herself on providing stylish jewelry with the environment in mind. Her gorgeous designs use recycled materials and the company even donates a percentage of proceeds to endangered species conservation efforts.

Nouveau two-tone earrings, $146, keviastyle.com

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Using natural elements for their elevated designs, KZ Noel is for the woman who wants jewelry that is elegant and trendy. Designer Keisha Noel uses oxidized sterling silver, gold, and gemstones for the hand made designs.

Silver cuff, $475, Huff Harrington Home, Atlanta, 404-467-0311.

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Melanie McPherson, the name behind the brand sees jewelry as art and focuses on manipulating metals and alternative materials to create her unique pieces.

"Chara" ear cuff, $325, by special order, madamemsquared.com for info.

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The Mateo New York brand came to life in 2009 and has been moving full-steam ahead since then. The line's founder Matthew 'Mateo' Harris hails from Jamaica and brings customers sleek, streamlined, minimal and beautiful pieces.

Onyx and diamond parallel bar ring, $875, mateonewyork.com.

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Elsa Mehary is a veteran in the world of fashion and design, having worked as an art director and illustrator with In Style, T, Real Simple, Harper's Bazaar, just to name a few. Her designs combine her experiences through travel and holistic living to ultimately deliver bold and beautiful pieces.

Citrine and diamond pavé bezel necklace in silver, price upon request, by special order, meharyjewel.com for info.