Afrocentric Jewelry

Woman wearing Afrocentric earrings
Afrocentric Earrings


Afrocentric Jewelry includes necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and other types of jewelry that is inspired by African jewelry. It is most often worn purely for its beauty and to express pride in ones African heritage. Afrocentric jewelry combines tradition with modern design and make great gifts. This type of jewelry is not just designed for women. African jewelry For men is becoming more and more popular. There are many stores that now offer Afrocentric fashions for sale but the best place to buy this type of jewelry is on-line due to the wide range of choices. This type of jewelry has become quite popular over the last few years, it is being worn by men and women through out the world and seems especially popular among young black professionals. It is not uncommon to see these young professionals wearing this jewelry in such cities as New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and London just to name a few.

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Afrocentric Jewelry Materials and Colors

There is a wide range of materials used to make African inspired jewelry. These materials often include traditional tribal African jewelry materials, which are usually organic materials available in Africa. These materials include wood, sea shells, carved stone, amber, animal teeth, and animal hair. Other materials such as gold, silver, glass, and diamonds are used to create African inspired jewelry. African jewelry is also known for its beautiful stunning colors, a wide mixture of beautiful colors is also found in African inspired jewelry.

The Afrocentric Movement

Many women and men who wear Afrocentric jewelry do so purely for its beauty; they often have never heard or know little about Afrocentrism and the Afrocentric movement. The term "Afrocentrism" dates to around 1961. Afrocentrists consider all blacks to be Africans no matter where they live. They believe all blacks should believe and practice traditional African values in order to preserve their African identity. It is a movement, mostly in the United States, meant to increase the self respect of blacks and help Africans reach their full potential through community involvement and political means. The movement has its roots in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century and gained strength with the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960's. A man named Molefi Asant popularized the term in the 1980's. He is an African-American historian, scholar, and philosopher. He created the first PhD program for African American Studies and has written over sixty five books.

Afrocentrists Beliefs

Below is a list of many of Asant's and other Afrocentrists beliefs.