January Jewels and February Fancies : Ndau Jewelry

Layers of ostrich shell chip and coconut disk beads with Fulani agate centrepiece necklace by Christie Halsted

Welcome 2012! As of the 23rd of January, we are officially in The Year of The Dragon – an auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac, said to bring power, good luck, success and happiness. At Ndau, we’re looking forward to all the good this new year brings and wish the same to you.

It’s certainly brought us change, as detailed in our last newsletter, but we’re excited with the fresh design outlook coming to Ndau and we’ve already started selling the first pieces from the new design collective. We’ve also decided to spring clean and have rediscovered some forgotten treasures in our trade bead collection, so watch out for those appearing in upcoming designs!

Without further ado, here’s some of the stunning new pieces …






Hot Off The Bench!

Cow horn and sterling silver inset bead pendant with snake vertebrae thong tie





Vintage bone, feather and silver earrings





NdauCowhorn disk earrings with inset sterling silver bead and droplets





Bone and sterling silver ring





Christie Halsted has been inspired by the beautiful textures of vintage bone and animal horn and has created a collection of pieces that showcase this, delicately emphasised by fine silver work. Her fine finishing elevates these everday materials into the realm of true elegance!

NdauVermeil and brass beads with amber and powder glass trade bead necklace





Vintage bone, vermeil, brass and sweetie trade bead necklace





Berry powder glass and brass trade bead necklace with Tonga ndoro





Gold fill hand wired ring with blue Tonga ndoro by Gift Sithole for Ruoko and Gail van Jaarsveldt





Gail van Jaarsveldt has been working on her African Renaissance collection, Ndau’s new family member, and it’s ready for it’s big day! Composed of gold dusted vermeil beads combined with unique glass and brass trade beads, these statement making pieces are now available at The Victoria Falls Hotel and at The Jafuta Heritage Centre at Elephant’s Walk Shopping and Artist’s Village. Africa’s rich history comes to life…

Cat’s eye opal and sterlingsilver shaped cuff





Vintage bone, leather and sterling silver bracelet





Sodalite, jasper and agate pendant on leather thong and silver necklace










Dumortierite and sterling silver ring





Joe Mutoko is still inspired by our beautiful local stones and he’s created pieces incorporating cat’s eye opal, dumortierite, sodalite, agate and jasper. He’s also reworked vintage bone with leather and silver riveting – it’s all about the colour and contrast!

Stone trade bead and sterling silver thong tie necklace





Blue glass vertebrae beads with milliefiore centrepiece necklace





Yellow white hearts, lepidolite and small trade bead thong necklace





Sterling silver set Fulani agate bead on thing necklace










Kelly Landrey has finished her final two weeks with us before heading out for Myanmar and Sudan (jealous?) and produced some gorgeous pieces before she left. As always Kelly’s work is a riot of colour and texture – purely stunning!

Facetted glass powder bead and sterling silver hoop earrings





Facetted glass powder bead abacus pendant on sterling silver choker





Sterling silver bracelets with facetted powder glass trade beads





Facetted powder glass sterling silver ring










Christie Brookstein has been inspired by the idea of an African abacus to create this collection of facetted powder glass bead pieces – African trade bead jewels. The delicate colours of the glass come to life against the gleaming sterling silver – Africa goes pretty!

The Ruoko Report

Obert and the team!



It’s been a time of giving for members of The Ruoko Project. Obert kindly gave time and materials to the Rose of Charity Orphanage, to teach the kids to mosaic. The orphanage have recently been given space and funding to set up a chicken farming micro project. This will raise money and food for the children and allow the kids to interact with livestock, learning life skills through fun. Obert helped the kids to officially name and brand their project with a mosaiced logo. The kids had so much fun, as the photos show and would love to carry on learning to mosaic, so if anyone out there has colourful broken crockery or glass or would like to donate some grout, please see Obert at Elephant’s Walk – all donations will be gratefully received and put to great use!

Gift Sithole is hard at work getting ready for his first solo exhibition on 2nd April 2012. This will be held in The Jafuta Heritage Centre’s new exhibition space, so we’ll keep you posted on this – sure to be amazing!

Our artists will now all be using Facebook as a diary of their work, so be sure to like our page The Ruoko Project to keep up to date with their latest creations.

We’re also in the process fo putting together workshop days with all the artists, so you or your clients will be able to spend time learning a little of their skill and making something yourself. If you’re interested, please let us know and we’ll send you the workshop pack!

The Ruoko Project

Fashion Focus

This month, we’re looking at global trends happening in jewellery. Africa is making itself felt on all the catwalks and in most collections – tribal is the theme of the season. A major component of this trend is jewelry made from horn. And here’s horn done Ndau style – nguni cow horn that is (keep it African!)…

Sterling silver lost wax cast Ghanian and Ethiopian beads inset into cow horn bangle by Kelly Landrey





Cow horn cuffs with sterling silver detail by Kelly Landrey with cowhorn and snake vertebrae pendant by Christie Halsted









Sterling silver ndoro and banding inset into horn statement ring by Joe Mutoko










Amethyst Awe

Sterling silver ndoro earrings with chain drop aquamarines by Joe Mutoko





Lilac beach shells pendant with amethyst centre stone by Kelly landrey





Amethyst and Dumortierite sterling silver double band ring by Joe Mutoko.





Copper and turquoise bangle by young Ndau silversmiths





Amethyst, February’s birthstone is a powerful and protective stone. It is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate. It helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control, enhancing memory and improving motivation. The perfect stone for the year ahead!

Aquarians have turquoise and hawk’s eye (a locally found stone very similar to tiger’s eye) as their star sign stones, whilst Pisceans have moonstone, amethyst and aquamarines for their star sign stones.


On special all of this month are our silver capped leather strand earrings. At just $15.00 a pair, they make great gifts and in their elegant simplicity, work with any style day or night. Buy yours now before they’re sold out – we have green, rust, bronze and purple available. Either purchase them instore or simply ask us to list them on Etsy for you! Enjoy…







Upcoming Events and Ndau News

Vintage bone and sterling silver ring

Thank you to all our great customers over Christmas – we hope you liked your Xmas presents!

We’re very excited to be shooting our first look book in teh beginning of March! We’re working with an amazing photographer, gorgeous models and Wild Horizons have kindly allowed us to shoot on their beautiful game reserve, so keep an eye out for these new images as they come through…


We’d love to hear from you about why you love Ndau! We’re looking to bring back some old classics, so those of you who are long time collectors of Ndau, please let us know what you’d like to see back on the shelves.

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