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Mweya is a collection of handcrafted jewelry combining statement-making materials with minimalist design to create rich, versatile pieces for everyday adornment. Pronounced muh-wee-yuh and meaning "soul" in the Shona language, Mweya was launched in 2016 by designer, Melanie Edmunds. This ever-evolving line was inspired by her travels throughout South Africa, as each design incorporates materials and colors reminiscent of the country’s landscape, architecture and culture.

Her background in African diaspora art history informs the collection’s designs, while her attention to detail and appreciation for simplicity are reflected in the materials and craftsmanship of the jewelry. With Mweya, she has created an aesthetic that is sophisticated, timeless and bold. Mweya jewelry is made entirely by hand in Los Angeles, California. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. 

Photo by Femi Orokunle