Nicole Akong whose colorful and eye-catching designs are amazing. Her Conquistadora collection was inspired by the textile crafts of mountain tribes. Her innovative use of ribbon, woolen, tassel and faux fur trims combined chain and Swarovski crystals in her designs have inspired many others.
|Luma Necklace on Anthropologie|
|Sol Pom Pom necklace on Anthropologie|
Nicole Akong was born and raised in the West Indies. After graduating from the University of Miami with a Fine Arts degree, she eventually settled in London, UK. Her creative journey began young - she was already sewing Barbie doll clothes by the time she was 10 and even wrote a novel in her teens.
She took her first jewelry making course back in 2008. It was just a one-day introduction to the craft but that was enough to get her hooked. Nicole said, "That day was the start of what quickly developed into an all-consuming passion, and soon all I was doing in my spare time was making jewelry. It became my ambition from then to start my own jewelry label."
After garnering a lot of attention with her distinctive designs, she eventually took a leap of faith and launched her first collection in the beginning of 2010. Her aim was to create a " go-to brand for stand-out, statement jewellery with serious high-fashion appeal." And she has. Her pieces are now sold through Anthropologie and boutiques around the world. Nicole also says she could see herself launching a clothing label in the future.
You can tell that Nicole was destined to be a designer of note right from the beginning because her earliest designs were already so different and gorgeous. Shown below are a couple of her feathered jewelry designs from her Luxe Be a Lady 2010 collection.
She definitely recommends statement necklaces for every woman. Taking notes, anyone?
Before You Go:
- How Karen Hill Tribe Silver Beads are Made
- Broken Fab's Triangular Beaded Tribal Designs
- Assad Mounser's Neo-Conquistador Jewelry Collection
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