Although we celebrate the achievements and lives of Black Americans this month, it’s important to showcase and uplift the talents of Black creatives all year round. Supporting black-owned businesses is one way to step up and advocate for the community. If you’re looking for unique, sophisticated or bold statement pieces to spice up your jewelry collection, you’ve come to the right place.
Check out these 10 affordable jewelry brands all founded by talented black women. Follow them on social media, learn about each company’s history, recommend them to your friends, and jot them down for next time you need some retail therapy.
- Humans Before Handles
Founder of HBH, Ashley Sims, set out to create a global jewelry brand that celebrates diverse styles around the world. Sims values are rooted in simple times before we were identified by social media handles. HBH offers an extensive collection of affordable jewelry for every girl’s #ootd. There’s even a sale section with items starting at only $20, what’s not to love?
- Noble Fawn Jewelry
Alicia Zeigler Costello, a creator of things her whole life, launched Noble Fawn Jewelry in 2019. Costello’s love and passion for designing jewelry and learning new things inspired this small business that highlights original and unique designs. These lightweight polymer clay earrings are handmade and very affordable. Treat yourself, or a friend, with these adorable and vibrant earrings.
- The Leaves of Tree
This black-owned jewelry brand is an extension of Poe, an overarching brand that combines poetry and fashion. TLOT offers a perfect home for a variety of handmade jewelry and hair accessories. Each piece is one of a kind and affordable, and a portion of the proceeds goes back into the community. Check out their Instagram to see all their contributions and creations.
After ditching her life plan of becoming a dentist, Ofelia followed her passion for jewelry-making and moved to New York to make Filosophy her full-time career. Her brand was established in 2016, and has evolved over the years. Today Ofelia focuses on providing chains and layers of gold to her loyal customers. If you love this look as much as I do, be sure to take a look at what Filosophy has to offer.
- Taylor Nikole
Taylor Nikole is known for her modeling, art, photography, creative direction, and handmade jewelry brand. Her jewelry collections are designed to represent the connection between art and fashion. Nikole believes in making people feel special and exclusive, which is why each piece is one of a kind. Her earrings range in sizes, colors and are definitely show-stopping. They are some of the most fun and vibrant earrings I’ve seen on the market.
- Earrings Bae
If you want statement earrings at great prices, Earrings Bae is a small and black-owned business you need to support. Founder Victoria Ellis has been frequently posting about Black History Month on her Instagram page, and is offering unbeatable deals until the end of February. Some of her earrings retail for less than $10! It doesn’t get much better than that.
- Livin Lavish Boutique
Livin Lavish Boutique is a Vancouver based brand that offers quality products at an affordable price. Majority of their items are made with a stainless steel base and are 18k gold plated. Their brand focuses on diversity and uplifting others by creating trendy and bold statement pieces that are easy to wear. Go check out their Instagram and support their small business!
- Melanie Marie
This NYC-based brand, founded by businesswoman Melanie White, offers a wide array of custom jewelry. From pieces you can personalize to Zodiac sign pendants, Melanie Marie has it all. Her gold plated, and sterling silver pieces have been featured in many large publications around the world and can even be found on Nordstrom Rack’s website. She also collabed with Beyonce to make #Blackparade and #BlackisKing chains. This brand is a must-have!
- Sewit Sium
Sewit Sium is a jeweler, activist and educator who creates statement jewelry imbued with African living history and culture. Based in New York, Sium started her brand in 2015 and has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. Although her pieces are on the more pricey side, they are handcrafted, high quality and tell a story.
- Made By Malyia
Malyia McNaughton is a self-taught designer based in Brooklyn, New York and founded her jewelry brand, MBM, in 2014. She started selling her handmade jewelry on Etsy which was inspired by her hometown, African culture, indigenous tribal adornment and nature. Since the brand’s debut, MBM has landed partnerships and has been featured with some of the world’s largest fashion brands.
At the start of each one of these successful brands is a strong, Black businesswoman. These creatives offer so many unique and original designs you are bound to find some pieces you love. Please do your part to support this community and shop black-owned businesses year-round!