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40 Black-Owned Jewelry Brands To Have On Your Radar

Isshī

The vibe: Sculptural surrealism meets mermaidcore

Price range: $$$-$$$$

As far as we’re concerned, Isshī’s otherworldly pieces belong in the Museum of Modern Art. Created in 2020 by artist Rolly Robínson, the New York-based brand offers handmade statement pieces—from delicate, squiggle-shaped brass necklaces to giant shell chokers—that feel completely unique.

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Jooel

The vibe: Affordable, everyday glamour

Price range: $

Inspired by both her Nigerian heritage and Brooklyn background, founder Moyo designed Jooel to be accessible yet sophisticated. If you love minimalist jewelry with a modern edge—think styles like geometric huggies and chain link earrings—this is the label for you.

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V.Bellan

The vibe: Edgy minimalism

Price range: $-$$$

New York-based label V.Bellan was founded by Haitian-American designer Vanessa Bellan and comprises a mix of fine, contemporary, and bespoke jewelry; the brand’s gender-neutral pieces are the perfect balance of classic and modern.

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Ten Thousand Things

The vibe: Modern heirlooms

Price range: $$$$

Ten Thousand Things founders Ron Anderson and David Rees are self-taught jewelers who handmake their colorful stone creations in their New York atelier. The fine jewelry label specializes in bespoke jewelry, but you can also shop a more permanent collection of sculptural designs, like a jade cluster necklace or gold lapis earrings.

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A.M. Thorne

The vibe: Ethereal fine jewelry

Price range: $$$-$$$$

One look at these kaleidoscope-like gemstones, and you’ll instantly be hooked. Founded by Ashley Thorne, A.M. Thorne offers fine jewelry inspired by nature and light—with ethereal pieces that are great for special occasions and daily wear alike.

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Leliamae

The vibe: Elevated basics

Price range: $

Nicole Cummings founded Leliamae in 2019 in honor of her mother, whose artistic ethos can be felt throughout every carefully crafted piece from the brand. The brand’s signature designs, like delicate anklets and sculptural earrings, are released in small batches, so if you see something you like, scoop it up before it sells out.

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Almasika

The vibe: Contemporary, luxurious

Price range: $$-$$$$

If this circular emblem by Almasika looks familiar, that’s because you might have caught Michelle Obama wearing a pendant version on Black-ish. No big deal. Designer Catherine Sarr cut her teeth in the diamond industry for years before launching her own label (she even had a stint at De Beers), and now is one of Chicago’s top diamond visionaries. Beyond creating fine jewelry worth the investment, she also sits on the Women’s Board and Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago and serves as a member of the Palais de Tokyo International Board.

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Ten Wilde

The vibe: Affordable, on-trend

Price range: $

Designed in Los Angeles with roots in the Bay Area, mastermind Tenisha Wilde has California ease down to a science. Her label Ten Wilde offers products from gold-plated to solid 14k, making chic jewelry accessible to all. Think: delicate stackable rings, hoop earrings in all proportions, and even a personalized take on the classic pearl necklace.

Customer review: “Hands down my favorite earrings ever. I’ve purchased them for myself and as gifts for multiple friends, and they all love them as well!”

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Dan-Yell

The vibe: Gemstone-heavy

Price range: $$-$$$

Danyell Rascoe created Dan-Yell as an extension of her childhood fascination with gems and stones that she saw in the gift shop at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Years later, a trip to India rekindled her love for design, and Rascoe began crafting jewelry for herself. According to the brand’s page, she stated, “My work aims to be delicate with a sort of strength, that allows the jewelry to be part of your everyday life.” The result is beautiful jewelry cast in 10k gold and sterling silver, encrusted with semiprecious stones reminiscent of baubles you’d find in a museum.

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MadeByKwest

The vibe: Travel-themed, philanthropic

Price range: $

Kira West, a community cultivator and content creator born in Brooklyn, set out to use her travels as a source of inspiration and change. With products inspired by globetrotting, 10 percent of MadeByKwest’s sales are donated to Girls Going Global, a nonprofit aiming “to address the disparity of girls of color in international education and today’s field of travel and international affairs.”

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Admiral Row

The vibe: Wallet-friendly, versatile

Price range: $

Whether you’re seeking classic staples or subtle statement pieces, Admiral Row has you covered. The Atlanta-based brand carries a range of affordable, quality baubles designed to earn a spot in your jewelry box for years to come, from thick, gold-plated hoops to customizable nameplate necklaces. Uniquely, the brand also houses a vintage shop filled with one-of-a-kind, custom curations.

“I personally own the brand’s Oval Hoop earrings and wear them almost daily. I’m a gold hoop connoisseur (and own countless pairs), but I specifically love these for their chunky, oblong shape that doesn’t weigh down or irritate my sensitive lobes. After months of use, these still look as shiny as the day they arrived, too!”—Sam Peters, Hearst senior commerce editor, fashion & luxury

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Lauren Newton

The vibe: Dainty, nature-inspired

Price range: $-$$

Lauren Newton uses her background as a former zoologist to inform her designs, which results in natural forms like a pair of tusk-shaped earrings or textures molded after a stingray’s skin. When she works beyond the animal kingdom, you’ll fall in love with her delicately intricate charms, including this sweet little skull.

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Don’t Let Disco

The vibe: Playful, vibrant

Price range: $-$$

Having worked at Sotheby’s, Ashley Harris uses her trained eye in the art industry to inform her own creative endeavor, Don’t Let Disco. The jewelry brand upends the beaded necklace, so think of it as an adult upgrade of the styles you made as a kid. Necklaces and bracelets are skillfully curated by Harris using beads she’s sourced over the years from vintage markets, creating an intentional, beautiful style that is one of a kind.

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Yam

The vibe: Nostalgic

Price range: $

An ode to founder Morgan Thomas’s mother, Yam’s pieces are all handmade in Queens, New York. The nostalgia-driven line features gold-plated metals offset with playful charms like blown glass hearts.

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Edas

The vibe: Handcrafted, eclectic

Price range: $-$$

Helmed by designer Sade Mims, Edas has everything your aesthetic mind craves: sustainable home goods, luxurious handbags, and, notably, eclectic jewelry made by hand.

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BYCHARI

The vibe: Minimalistic yet elevated

Price range: $-$$$

If these “Vote” necklaces look familiar to you, it’s because you’ve seen them on the décolletage of none other than Michelle Obama. Suffice it to say, designer and creative director Chari Cuthbert creates with purpose.

Customer review: “Gave this beautiful necklace to my sister for her birthday. She absolutely loves it! So happy with it!”

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Mateo

The vibe: Timeless

Price: $-$$$$

Although Mateo founder Matthew Harris was born in Jamaica, he cut his teeth in New York’s jewelry district and is now blazing the trail as one of the top modern designers in the city. With jewels worn by Rihanna, Solange, and Zendaya, everything he touches (literally) turns to gold, diamonds, and precious gems.

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Omi Woods

The vibe: Boho, mission-driven

Price range: $-$$

Omi Woods is on a mission to not only create future heirlooms inspired by the African diaspora but to empower everyone involved, from the miners to the eventual wearers. Using fair trade gold and workers protected with fair wages and community outreach, designer Ashley Alexis McFarlane aims and succeeds in producing jewelry that matters.

Customer review: “Wow, stunning and understated sexiness! Beautiful and classic…Definitely worth more than five stars!!”

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Third Crown

The vibe: Geometric, gender-neutral

Price range: $$-$$$

For starters, Third Crown is backed by Beyoncé herself. Founders and co-designers Kristin and Kofi Essel pour their love and industry experience directly into their fine wares, complete with heavy geometric shapes and gender neutral statement pieces.

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Home by Areeayl

The vibe: Whimsical, statement-making

Price range: $-$$

Backed by Solange and Tracee Ellis Ross (who wore the brand on ELLE’s August 2020 digital cover), Areeayl Goodwin’s brand—formerly called Beads Byaree—is fast becoming a household name. She marries whimsy with power, evoking an emotional response with her imaginative jewelry. The only thing more magical would be actually getting your hands on a piece, since her designs are quick to sell out.

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