After visiting the Untold Gold exhibition at London's Bargehouse this weekend, I've self-diagnosed my jewellery obsession as a 'genetic condition'. As jewellery designer Anita Quansah nicely pointed out with her handwritten mood boards, historically African and Indian women are fanatical about the stuff, so its my ancestors that are really to blame here. The exhibition of African & Caribbean diaspora design was spread over an impressive five floors of art, textiles, and multimedia, but naturally with my condition, the fashion and accessories floor kept me the longest. I love statement pieces for the instant interest they bring to any outfit, so these Anita Quansah necklaces are my perfect prescription. The industry already approve, Quansah is a Vogue favourite, and has produced pieces for Christian Lacroix and Diane Von Furstenburg.
Also "articulating the beauty of Africa through wearable pieces of art" was
Jacqueline Kibacha's exploration of her Tanzanian heritage and Maasai beadwork. If ever there was inspiration to go bolder with your jewellery, this is it folks.