Solid silver lost wax cast Baoule plate and leather thong cuff by Kelly Landrey for The Ndau Collection - one of a kind

From : The Ndau Collection
November Newsletter

Welcome to our new monthly newsletter! We’ll be using it to bring you the latest designs hot off the studio bench, designer profiles, news, events and most importantly special offers for subscribers!

You can now follow The Ndau Collection daily on Facebook, minute to minute on Twitter as ndau_jewelry and on the Ammonite Gallery blogspot and most importantly of all, purchase the collection online in our Etsy Shop, so you never have to be short of your fix of unique design!

Kelly Landrey’s inspired by texture this month and has taken her latest designs back to their roots, using traditional hand woven disks, antique Juba filigree beads and handworked silver disks to create these new pieces that she’s describing as Modern Masaai. Perfect for today’s global nomad, these finely detailed pieces look just as good in the middle of the Serengeti as they do on 5th Avenue!

Devon Stewart’s perfected the alchemy of casting crocodile skin in silver and extended his range to include two new finely textured belt buckles, sold with removable croc belly skin belts. He’s also created two new solid silver cuffs with either two or three rows of scale scutes to join his original best selling single scute row bangle. Crocodile skin has never look better and we say Rock Croc!

Tato Louizidis’ love affair with all things winged continues and she’s now turned her attention to ethereal butterflies. Working with delicate sheets of sterling silver, she’s captured their fragility whether frozen in flight or pared down and stylised. The ultimate high summer accessory, your own fluttering adornment!

Joe Mutoko’s contrasting the natural texture of pearls, seeds and leather against his perfectly formed geometric shapes and links. Whether framed in silver or supported by it, the natural elements spring into sharp relief against the sterling. Classic with a twist!

Christie Brookstein is gilding the croc this month – literally! Working with a range of metallic finishes, croc hornbacks are rubbed back to create a vintage veneer, forming a new range of belts and cuffs. Vintage brooches find new life as buckles and cuff decor and are made modern by contrasting rivet detailing.

The members of The Ruoko Project are at full creative steam and there’s somthing wonderful going on. Featured artist’s Gift Sithole, Moses Kalemba, Leamington Muzhingi and the up-and-coming Ndau silversmiths make the Ndau team proud sponsors and show us that it’s more than worth it giving gifted local artisans a hand up. We love the creative synergy that’s developing between us all – watch this space for the designers of the future! To learn more about The Ruoko Project visit the website by clicking on this name link.

Fashion Focus

In our monthly fashion focus, we’ll choose a current trend and interpret it the Ndau way – after all, true style is about wearing it your way!

This month’s focus is on the trend of layering – bracelet and cuff style. A recent feature by Refinery 29 showcased NYC’s best dressed fashionista wrists and as far as we’re concerned Catrinel Ardeus, Director of Sales at Monique Péan won hands down – if you’ll excuse the pun! Here’s how to get her look Ndau-style (available instore now)…

Topaz Tones
This month’s birthstone is the topaz, traditionally known as a stone of love and good fortune. They are found in shades of yellow, red-brown, light blue, pink, pale green or even clear. Topazes are said to promote honesty and openess, making you feel confident and philanthropic and wanting to share your good fortune and spread sunshine. To get the full effect of this stone, it’s best to wear it on fingers or throat. Come in to see our selection of topazes and have something made up just for you or someone special.

For those who follow the stars, Scorpio’s stones are malachite and beryl and for Sagittarian’s labradorite and rubies.

Upcoming Events and Ndau News
For all our Zambian fans, don’t miss out on seeing us at the upcoming ZADS Art and Design Christmas Show on 20th November at The Lusaka Polo Show Grounds from 9:00 to 16:00. The full Ndau Collection range will be on sale for the first time this year in Zambia, just in time for Xmas shopping. Christie H and Christie B will be there to make sure you get your Ndau fix!

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re giving everyone a gentle reminder that all custom work orders need to be placed by the latest 30th November 2011. After this, we won’t be able to take on any more work, as we’ll be fully booked until the New Year, until The Ndau team come back from their annual holiday. Sorry to disappoint, but Devon is already at capacity and can’t take on any more work, so hurry to work with the other designers before they’re booked out too!

In our next few blogposts we’re going to be featuring customers that we consider to be Ndau fanatics, with pictures of them wearing Ndau their way, wherever they may be. If you’d like a chance to be featured, please email us with images of your collection and you wearing it your style and tell us why you love The Ndau Collection.

To all regional lodge owners and tour leaders, just to let you know, we’re happy to bring the collection to you for clients that aren’t able to make it into the gallery. This works well for VIPs especially – just let us know what your clients are interested in, be it jewellery, leather or even Tanzanites and we’ll put together a private viewing at your convenience. Simply contact Christie B on the email address below.

We have an exciting new addition to the Ndau family coming – actually two, as Christie Halsted’s due to have her son in March! Under the passionate and knowledgeable eye of Gail van Jaarsveldt, a new collection is being formed to launch in line with the reopening of the Museum at Elephant’s Walk. The African Renaissance collection will be composed of hand selected original Trade beads and modern bead examples of ancient techniques, along with items brought to Africa by early settlers, to form pieces that celebrate the revival of African craft and style. As part of this intiative, Gail will be extending the artist’s community at Elephant’s Walk to include glass bead makers and the traditional smelting of arrow heads and metal beads. We can’t wait – and we’ve had a sneak preview of the range that incorporates gold dusted Baoule beads, original ceramic ndoros and the most amazing colour! We’ll keep you posted…

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