Legacy Collection by Charmaine Taylor just has to be one of the most poignantly beautiful jewellery brands in South Africa. Each and every handcrafted work of art uses a little piece of the fence that used to surround Robben Island prison. What was once used to oppress is now a striking symbol for freedom, forgiveness and hope – all the good things we associate with the prison’s most famous former inmate, Nelson Mandela.
The fact that everything’s so gorgeous-looking is reason enough to love the brand, but for me, it’s even more personal because it’s founder, Charmaine is a friend.
Charmaine pulling off one of my signature poses, ‘Sexy Migraine’.
A fellow ex-Port Elizabeth peep like me, she’s come a long way from the days when ‘best night ever’ meant a two-for-one special on Bacardi Breezers. Now, she trots all over the globe attending glamorous red carpet charity and art events, rubbing shoulders with her high profile clients, fancy pants folk like Taraji P Henson, Sean Penn and Paula Abdul.
I recently popped into her studio in Gardens the other day. It’s listed as ‘the best gift and souvenir destination’ by The New York Times.
Upon arrival, I greeted by her cutest/evilest employee to date, Jack the chihuahua. Within minutes he’d scaled the couch and CLIMBED INSIDE MY HANDBAG in a bid to nick my biltong!
Anyway, let me show you some of the beautiful things I snapped in between distracting Charmaine enough to shoplift. First up, we’ve got rings glorious rings…
… and pretty pendants…
The Legacy Collection also sells handmade beaded earrings, many of which are designed to feature different flags of different countries.
One of The Legacy Collection’s most popular pieces is the ‘Africa Rising’ pendant. It’s a fave with Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
Love? I’m sure you do. You can see more Legacy Collection mooiness in Charmaine’s online store, shop this month’s specials over here or step into her studio in Gardens where you’ll find one-off, limited edition pieces you won’t find anywhere else.
Now, for the bit you’ve been waiting for… Charmaine has been kind enough to give me a sterling silver Africa Rising pendant worth R2 500 to give away to one lucky reader! Entering is easy and there are three ways to do it:
Enter right here by telling me which of Charmaine’s goodies not featured in this blog post have most caught your eye? You’ll find everything to tempt you over here.
(I’ll open up the comp on IG and Facebook later today too.)
This competition is open to South African residents only and closes at 5pm on Friday the 19th of April.
Good luck girls!