Jewelry lovers and collectors may have been on the last years with all eyes on VanLeles Diamonds, a luxury jewelry company born in 2011 that sources diamonds and creates unique bespoke jewellery for special occasions. On Fall 2017 VanLeles is about to present a new Gold Jewelry Collection with its heart on Africa. Get to know everything.
At the helm of VANLELES Diamonds is Vania Leles; a former model and modern day jeweller, dedicated to craftsmanship, ethical sourcing and exceptional quality.
Born in West Africa and raised in Portugal, Vania moved to New York to work as a model in her early 20s, and ended up developing a passion for fine jewellery, which led her to study gemmology at the GIA. Later in London worked as a jewellery specialist for Sotheby’s auction house, where she honed her knowledge of fine jewellery both modern and vintage.
It was drawing on this rich foundation of inspiration and know-how that the house of VANLELES was born in 2017. Known by her global clients for her sensory pieces, Vania infused this classical knowledge of the luxury jewelry with her European-African inspiration.
Indeed, VanLeles is a brand that boasts elegant handcrafted jewelry. But the most charming and exciting side of its limited edition pieces, the real soul and secret for the succee, is the notorious influence of Vania’s own roots, materialized both on the ethically sourced stones from African nations used and the designs their selves.
All the collections that make part of the brand, from the Sahara collection to the Legends of Africa Collection, collection has a distinct and intricately inscribed influence. But the big new is about to come. VanLeles Diamonds weaves into the new limited edition Makeda gold jewelry collection, both inspired and designed by powerful and stong women.
Inspired by Nefertiti, Yaa Asantewaa, the warrior queen Amina, and the collection’s namesake Makeda—a woman who became the Queen of Sheba and ultimately helped transform Ethiopia into a nation—the nine bold designs of this line reflect the valiant lives of these African heroines.
Delicate 18-karat yellow gold bars come together with a dash of diamonds for a collection that is both daring and elegant, designed for the modern woman – that armed with a bold and passionately handcrafted jewelry (necklace, bracelet, or ring) is ready to take on the day’s challenges.
The Makeda collection will become available to clients in Europe this fall, and later through Neiman Marcus in the U.S. Keep an eye out for the choker and kite chandelier earrings—Vania’s favorites.
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