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15 Black Woman-Owned Jewelry Brands You Can Shop Right Now

These Black woman-owned jewelry brands show no signs of slowing down.

Beauty & Fashion

Black women have been at the forefront of both business and fashion since the beginning of time with effortless style, grace, culture, and beauty. Not only are we natural trendsetters, we are rarely given the proper recognition for our countless talents and skills, boxed into stereotypes until considered cool by the masses. Black women are also the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, making up nearly half of women-owned businesses in the United States.

Even as we are suffering through a worldwide pandemic, Black business owners are working hard to stay afloat in this uncertain economy. As we become more aware of how we're spending our money during this time, let's begin to put even more effort into supporting Black businesses and widening our network of alternatives in all categories.

For both special occasions and everyday wear, jewelry can play an important role in the lives of women. With the power to uplift our spirits during our most memorable moments, most of us take pride in the pieces we own. No matter the circumstances, women find a way to wear their favorite jewelry, even in hardships. As the fashion industry has slowed, these Black woman-owned jewelry brands have continued to create one of a kind styles and eye-catching designs while showing no sign of slowing down.

By Kaylin

For all things cute, gold and dainty, according to the brand By Kaylin is a collection of pretty jewels to suit every mood. With a line up of gold plated hoop earrings, rings, and necklaces, this brand is perfect for everyday jewelry essentials. Each piece is designed with femininity in mind.

KRWND

KRWND (pronounced "crowned") specializes in custom jewelry, body jewelry and limited edition collections. With the belief that jewelry is a women's crown, this woman-owned company offers simple pieces that make a statement. KRWND also creates stackable rings and earrings, perfect for laying or wearing alone.

MIANIK ACCESSORIES

Describing themselves as ethnic, bold, and beautiful accessories fit for a queen, MIANIK wants the world to know all women are worthy and should embrace their inner royalty. MIANIK accessories was founded by sisters Olayinka and Nzinga Noel's love for fashion evolved into a mission to turn an everyday outfit into a show-stopping ensemble while understanding that what you wear is an extension of yourself.

J. ALXNDRA

As someone who lives for a bold statement, J. ALXNDRA is a brand specializing in going beyond limitations. Worn on celebrities such as Issa Rae, this brand is taking jewelry design to the next level. With a mission of creating "looks" and making the ordinary extra, this line is contemporary fashion jewelry made with quality materials born from a place of passion while intuitively executed.

LELIA + MAE

LELIA + MAE jewelry describes itself as a celebration of women. Black-owned and proud of it, this brand is an entire mood board for black girl joy. Originally founded out of pure adoration for women, especially Black women and Black culture, LELIE + MAE wanted to curate a space, along with jewelry that uplifts and inspires confidence in every woman as they go about their daily hustles. Check out their massive line of jewelry, guaranteed to make you fall in love.

HUMANS BEFORE HANDLES

Humans Before Handles offers statement jewelry under $50. According to the brand's mission, their jewelry was created for all those who wouldn't dare leave the house without the perfect statement earring, unafraid to express themselves through style with strong attention to details. With creative designs at an amazing price, Humans Before Handles is a great source for bold women everywhere.

JUNCTION

Where 'design meets art', JUNCTION is a brand crafting classic gold hoops and vintages style anklets and chain belts. With the perfect variety of simplistic designs, JUNCTION offers go-to everyday jewelry for women.

Goldiie Shop

Goldiie Shop

Handmade in the Netherlands, Goldiie Shop is a self-described vibe online with a Caribbean touch. With designs infused with vibrant colors and resin art, all earrings are unique in every way. Perfect to dress up and show out, Goldiie Shop is giving us majorly chic aesthetics.

Octave Jewelry

Organic geometry: Octave Jewelry is known for their interpretation of wearable sculpture in metal and stone. Born of Nigerian descent, Ope, the owner, named the company after a medical services business founded by her mother. Ope states, "My business is a testament to that legacy of strength and entrepreneurship," as written on a recent Instagram post sharing a bit about herself and the idea behind the brand.

Oma The Label

"At the corner of sexy and sweet" is what is seen at first glance when visiting this online jewelry shop. Oma The Label offers sweet and feminine designs for everyday wear for every age range. Simple yet incredibly chic, this brand is focused on quality and affordability for the everyday woman. Oma The Label was created by Neumi Anekhe, a New York-based fashion stylist, in 2018. Anekhe saw a need for more brands to include minorities. Her goal was to help diversify the industry by changing the imagery and predominant representation that we see in fashion today.

The Serendipitous Project

The Serendipitous Project is sustainable jewelry and accessories that celebrate the past, art, and nature made to order/vintage/upcycled. For the girls making the best out of life, this brand uses vibrant colors and eye-catching details to loudly define itself.

DIXIEGRAZE By Hanna

DIXIEGRAZE By Hanna is a jewelry brand offering high-quality gold plated pieces, handmade and exclusively designed since 2013. All pieces are affordable and created to uplift and inspire with engraved messages such as "QUEEN" and "PHENOMENAL WOMAN" amongst a range of customizable options. DIXIEGRAZE is best worn layered up for an effortless gold overload.

Epifene Jewelry

Designed for women by women, Epifene Jewelry offers a collection of statement pieces sure to make any woman feel like a queen. Created by two friends in 2018, Epifene was created out of a true bond of love, friendship, and a strong desire to create innovative jewelry.

Beads Byaree

Beads Byaree is a brand unafraid to make powerful statements through their innovative designs. Worn by celebrities such as Kelly Rowland, this collection of fashion jewelry is sure to turn heads. With vintage designs mixed with wire art and beautiful natural elements, these customizable pieces stretch beyond the everyday imagination.

Evermore Designs

Born out of a deep desire to release pent up creativity, Evermore Designs is here to make a statement. With a variety of bold vibrant colors and abstract shapes, these styles are perfect for a tropical vacation or brightening up your everyday activities. With a combination of color and creativity, make sure to make room for these special additions to your jewelry box.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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