Black Jewelry Designers You Need To Know About

It’s Black History Month and to honor the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history and abroad, we are shining the spotlight on talented black jewelry designers. From Matthew Harris to Jameel Mohammed, here are our top favorite black jewelry designers you need to know about this Black History Month and every other month (in no particular order):

#1 Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris.
Image Source: Mateo New York

Meet jewelry designer Matthew Harris of Mateo New York

Matthew Harris is a jewelry designer who produces classic pieces with a modern twist. Harris was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received a degree in hospitality management in New Hampshire before moving to New York to pursue his passion for jewelry design. The minimalist aesthetic of the self-taught designer is influenced by modern art.

Matthew Harris’ Work

18k Pearl Spiral Earrings. 18k Blossom Earrings.
18k Pearl Spiral Earrings 18k Blossom Earrings

#2 Lorraine West

Lorraine West.
Image Source: Lorraine West Jewelry Instagram

Meet jewelry designer Lorraine West of Lorraine West Jewelry

Lorraine West is a self-taught New York jewelry designer, who crafts anything from everyday-essential gold and bronze jewelry to fine jewelry with exquisite and rare gemstones.

Lorraine West’s Work

Pavé Open Heart Charm. Tapered Baguette Jennifer Ring.
Pavé Open Heart Charm Tapered Baguette Jennifer Ring

#3 Jameel Mohammed

Jameel Mohammed.
Image Source: KHIRY Instagram

Meet jewelry designer Jameel Mohammed of KHIRY

Jameel Mohammed who is listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2021 for Art and Style is also the founder of a jewelry brand, KHIRY. Mohammed’s work has swiftly gained a following for his minimalist, sculptural designs, which are available in sterling silver, gold vermeil, or gold with gemstones. The designer, who counts Alicia Keys among his followers, gets his inspiration from art, tradition, and African culture. Mohammed is also well-known for his custom designs.

Jameel Mohammed’s Work

18k Gold Basket Drops with Emerald and Diamond. 18k Gold Pavilion Ring with Emerald Diamond Trim Malachite.
18k Gold Basket Drops with Emerald and Diamond 18k Gold Pavilion Ring with Emerald Diamond Trim Malachite

#4 Omi Woods

Ashley Alexis McFarlan.
Image Source: Omi Woods

Meet jewelry designer Ashley Alexis McFarlan of Omi Woods

Ashley Alexis McFarlane, the founder of Omi Woods, creates modern jewelry that honors her African heritage. McFarlane’s jewelry is crafted entirely of fair-trade African gold and other conflict-free precious metals obtained from throughout the world, and a percentage of every sale is contributed to non-profits and charity.

McFarlane’s Work

The Caribbean Charm Bracelet Stack. THE 4C Necklace Stack.
The Caribbean Charm Bracelet Stack The 4C Necklace Stack

#5 Lauren Godfrey

Lauren Harwell Godfrey.
Image Source: Harwell Godfrey Jewelry

Meet jewelry designer Lauren Godfrey of Harwell Godfrey Jewelry

Lauren Harwell Godfrey produces dramatic and symbolic designs in vibrant settings with vivid enamel and jewels, inspired by ancient fabrics and patterns.

Godfrey’s Work

18k Gold and Diamond Tennis Necklace. 18k Yellow Gold Crescent Moon Medallion.
18k Gold and Diamond Tennis Necklace 18k Yellow Gold Crescent Moon Medallion

We’ve unpacked some incredible black jewelers with jaw-dropping custom jewelry that one could only wish to have as part of their jewelry collection. Was there a particular designer that stood out to you? Are you familiar with any of these designers’ pieces? Or are you lucky enough to have one of these jewelry designers featured in your collection? Let us know by clicking the comments button below.

Written by Bianca Mac Donald

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