Carole Shashona Creates West Africa–Inspired Jewelry

  • Alexis Weitzner

The jewelry designer Carole Shashona, known for creating symbolic pieces with amulets depicting the Hindu god Ganesha and Buddhist symbols like the lotus flower and the “om” symbol, has turned to West Africa to forge her latest collection. Available exclusively at Barneys New York, the Tribal Collection ($3,000 to $8,500) features eight unique pieces with glass beads handmade by Ashanti and Krobo women in Ghana. The women carefully fire recycled glass in a furnace; even the slightest bit of overheating will destroy the delicate material. Shashona uses the colorful, artistic beads in necklaces and bracelets with amulets of gold and black diamonds. The Celestial OM Necklace features the beads with sapphires, black diamonds, and lapis lazuli, and the Tribal Empowerment Goddess Necklace shows them with black-diamond amulets and drusy quartz. (www.caroleshashona.com)

From Around the Web...
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Glenn Spiro’s striking, one-of-a-kind pieces surprise and delight…
Innovative and boundary breaking, these 10 jewelry designers shine through the rest…
Though tourmalines are also found in Africa, the Paraíban examples are by far the most coveted…
The diamond house unveils a 105.07-carat D flawless diamond named after its new Place Vendôme store…
A birthstone as fiery and passionate as its summer month…
These eight floral designs may just outshine the summer sun…
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
The jewelry of L.A.-based Spinelli Kilcollin is gaining admirers…
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
These fresh designs bring sparkle to summer days and nights…
Jewelry designers are shaking up the status quo with fossils, insect wings, and more…
Say “yes” to these adventurous engagement-ring designs that steer clear of clichés…