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Photo; Leigh Page

When you buy one of our adornments you are buying something made by a woman who is working in the comfort of her own home, doing something she loves at a pace that suits her. 

We pride ourselves on flexibility that caters for the ups and downs all women experience.  When life is crazy our ladies simply take on less work.  We encourage them to make what they enjoy making and it shows in the creations they deliver.  There’s a joyfulness that is tangible in each and every item we offer to you.

We encourage you to take your time choosing.  Look carefully at the details which really only become apparent on closer inspection.  We’re happy to send you additional pics so that you can really gauge the quality.   That way you’ll be buying something that you’ll treasure for ever.  And that is exactly how it should be.


The creative process is never static and our hands are never still. 

You will love our new tassel earrings.  They often incorporate very special beads from Africa which we fuse with our own cultural sensibilities. Take a look at our textile stud earrings at the same time.  Meticulously hand embroidered they are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for winter.


Each and every adornment we share with you has been lovingly made by hand. 

It’s a peaceful and meditative process.  The range extends from dramatic statement necklaces to tiny exquisite brooches.  Take your time as you explore  –  you don’t want to miss the details and you really don’t know what you might stumble upon.  Once you find something you really love, contact us by whatsapp or email with your address and we’ll respond with the story behind the piece, extra pics if desired, price and shipping information. 






Absolutely beautiful work. Am very proud to own a few (too few) pieces. Am excited about the new stud designs too. So you’ll see me quite soon again, Colleen and Co!

Savyra Meyer-Lippold (SA)

Beautifully stitched, meaningful, super light to wear and oh, so pretty!  Love my earrings!!

Heidi Em (South Africa)

Wonderfully talented charming artist Colleen has colorful unique fabric art jewelry!

Miriam Bradman Abrahams (USA)

I have two pieces of jewellery from the lovely Colleen and was fortunate to meet her on our trip to South Africa; I love handmade items and textiles created with love, care and innovation and her products tick all the boxes! Order from her if you want something unique and which will be a joy to wear.

Jennifer Evans (UK)

Such great service and amazing pieces – i am so happy🙌 its going to be great to wear something unique and handcrafted.

Sigrid Ringström (Denmark)

Absolutely brilliant…..excellent service… partner loved her present.

Gregory Ruming (Australia)

The truly gorgeous necklace has arrived.  I am so delighted with it.

Sue Kreitzman (New York and London)

I just this minute got your piece!   Colleen, It is so spectacular that I’m breathless.

Artfulcitystyle (New York)

The MOST beautiful handmade adornments!!

Gina Ross (Cape Town)

I have ordered twice from Colleen and had them even sent to Australia.
The recipients were very happy with their gifts, which are beautifully made, colorful and easy to wear!

Estelle Schabort

Such fun choosing a piece from Colleen’s original and handmade collection of unique necklaces. There’s something for everyone with a myriad of colourful and interesting authentic beads, not to mention the eye catching African textiles.

Margaret Bargman (UK)

Colleen, thank you so much for creating such beautiful adornments, mine arrived whilst I was away on holidays in Sydney, Australia, I couldn’t wait to get back home to see my fabulous neck piece. It is divine and I love it, the colours are so vibrant and the beads are fascinating, to top it off, it is just so comfortable and light to wear. I am absolutely delighted.

Sue Harle (Australia)

love your stuff, a big fan and wish i could buy it all !

Karin Lijnes (South Africa)

Hello Colleen! It was such a treat to meet you today and my new earrings are fab!

Thank you so much – they are a work of art!

Maeri-Anne Fold (New Zealand)

Beautiful work by Colleen Brand. What a talented lady!

Meryl Francis (South Africa)

My cousin Colleen was specially commissioned to create a necklace for my son and daughter-in law’s traditional Zulu wedding… a unique blend of African and Celtic elements, using Scottish tartan, Ghanaian glass beads and embellished with beautiful gold embroidered detail. I could see her artistic juices begin flowing as soon as she was presented with the raw elements. She took the time to really listen and understand the essence of what this gift would symbolise in the uniting of our families and cultures. It was presented to the bride as an integral part of the ceremony,and perfectly matched the dress that we had made for the occasion.
Thank you Colleen for adding that very special personal touch with your beautiful artwork!

Jill MacAthur (South Africa)

Absolutely LOVE these, beautiful bright colours!! I think I will need one in every shape, size, colour and length. Very original – very African!

Katrine Auld (South Africa)

I was so excited to receive my fabulous “treasure trove” from Colleen all the way to Hong Kong – I just love them. Next decision is do I wear them or do I display them on my wall – they are so stunning – maybe both! Thanks Colleen for making such inspiring pieces.

Mara McCaffery (Hong Kong)

She made an absolute work of art especially for me and then made matching earrings. A real master and a very nice woman.

Barni Rothman (US)

Thank you Colleen for my beautiful jewellery & your patience!! Will be back soon.

Maria Wagener (SA)

I bought two pairs of Colleen’s gorgeous earrings recently and I couldn’t love them more. I feel fabulous whenever I wear them and connected to my home. My only dilemma was which pair to keep and which to give to a friend! Colleen went out of her way to make the process easy, despite geographic distance, and they arrived quickly and beautifully wrapped. Thank you!

Kenda-Lee Gaynham (UK)

I’ve placed two jewelry orders so far and I’m very pleased with both. This last order took longer to arrive but the wait was worth it. My lovely necklace traveled a great distance. I’ll order again I’m sure!

Zpd Duda


Absolutely fabulous. I love my new earrings, thank you so much. Loving bright and bold colours and themes, your earrings are exactly what I wanted. Your fantastic earrings will be worn with pride and excitement. They are bold and beautiful and yet light to wear making them a pleasure to own and an honour to wear. Love them, love them, love them …. may even be back for more at some point in the future.
Sue Hooper Lawrie (UK)


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Ghanaian Glass Beads

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