African jewellery designers that celebrate SA’s heritage

Founded in 2003 by Njabu Griffiths, Lashongwe Contemporary African Designs is a jewellery brand that started off with fine jewellery pieces but later evolved to focus on African-inspired accessories. 

The brand which is based in Germiston, East of Johannesburg, has three ranges that focus on South African cultures: Zulu, Ndebele, and Swati.

Iziqhaza were worn in the olden days to differentiate Zulus from other tribes and as a symbol of pride. To stand out, Griffiths has taken the Iziqhaza concept and modified it to make it more sophisticated.

The Mahlangu range is inspired by the Ndebele culture and their style of beading.

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