The overall look is bold, clean and elegant with a clear African aesthetic. Having Nigerian heritage, I’m aware of the significance of coral in the culture. Used prolifically in weddings and other ceremonies in certain parts of Nigeria, especially Edo State where my dad is from, and worn by chiefs as symbols of royalty and power, coral — known as ivie — is perceived more valuable than gold. Even my name, Omonivie, roughly translates as “Our child is more precious than coral” — thanks, Dad!
The ethics surrounding the use of coral in jewelry and its sustainability is important to me. The fact that these beads were reused from the client’s own collection rather than newly harvested not only adds value to the piece and eases concerns around using such precious material, but also inspires me as a designer to create around an existing element.
Angela was very happy with her custom jewelry set; she’s already worn her new ring and received compliments. Having a one-of-a-kind piece made just for you, is a treat unto itself. Having it made from something you once loved and can now love again is more precious than ivie.
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