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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)

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