Coral Beads and the popularity among the Nigeria Culture


Jewellery is a symbol of love, art and  story of life journey. Woman are one of the rarest gemstones on earth and are meticulously hand selected by their maker. Women around the world love gemstones especially during their engagement or wedding to enhance their beauty.

In Nigeria both men and women love Precious Coral Beads during their traditional wedding and its also part of a certain culture in Nigeria.

Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrumand several related species of marine coral.The distinctive attribute of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewellery.

Precious coral is more popular than any other gemstone in Nigeria due to its richness in color and the bold statement which is express through clothing and other adornments worn at weddings.

Some part of Nigeria like the Igbos and Edos Coral beads is a symbol of royalty or one who has a chieftaincy title. There are some shapes of coral beads that only Chief wears.  Corals beads used in Edo are different from those got from the North of Nigeria, in Yoruba land and the Eastern part of Nigeria.

The famous place to buy coral beads in the UK is in Liverpool street close to petticoat Lane market and retailers are mainly Nigerians.  Clients choice their precious coral beads that range from £50 and it is string together in the shop. Ready made corals beads designs are also displayed for the clients to have an an idea of the styles.

Coral Beads are not just simply ornamental, but are believed to have effective power (ase), that is, the power to cause any vow or curse to come to pass. Wearing of Coral beads is a crucial component of what gives an Oba(King)divine powers. This believe is also used in the Nigeria movie industry called Nollywood to write script which portrays different scenarios when an Oba forbids a person never to return  to the village due to been dishonest. The word of an Oba is food for thoughts and must never be taken likely due to the believe of the divine powers of an Oba. People waits hours to see an Oba because he can change their  situation by praying for them and it would come to pass.

“Ikele”, (meaning royalty) is an important coral beads in Benin. It signifies recognition and greatness.  Another significance of the bead is that it is only the Oba that can give it out to those who have achieved greatness in the Kingdom.  It is an honor to be recognize by an Oba because people then respect them more in their community.

Ooni(Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi) of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife since 2015  is seen in the picture below wearing a hand woven crown made of beads that is similar to coral and coral necklace and bracelet made of coral as a symbol of royalty.

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Below is a picture of Nigeria leading actress Mercy Johnson Okojie wearing Coral beads  as a necklace and hair accessory on her traditional wedding. The picture is an example of  how Nigeria woman use coral beads to enhance their beauty. Mercy’s coral beads has been designed using gold to tell a tale of beauty and express her wealth in the society.

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Coral beads worn in nigeria is a symbol of power, wealth, royalty and beauty.

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Lab-Grown Diamond


Diamonds are God’s gift to the world.

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Diamond tells a story of timeless love and express our beauty through gemstone.

Lab-grown diamonds are man-made in laboratory and have similar composition, crystal structure and physical properties like natural diamonds.

Lab-grown diamonds are conflict free and can be better for the environment according to Jewellery Focus and Human Rights Report.

De Beers, renowned for producing and mining natural diamonds is set to launch lab- grown diamond Jewellery called Lightbox in September 2018.

There seem to be a trend for lab-grown diamonds with customers and De Beers have invested millions to take advantage of the new trend.

Both natural diamonds and synthetic diamonds have its place in the Jewellery industry.

Natural diamonds are flawless, break taking and God’s gifts.

Tink.Timeless.Tink.Love

Written by Nike Ademuyiwa

Top Five Wedding Jewellery Tips


Wedding Jewellery is a timeless piece that is exquisite and crafted with precious metals from gold, diamonds and platinum.

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When shopping for wedding jewellery below are some tips that can  help you choose a stunning piece.

 

  • Buy from an accredited jewellery designer, shop or online seller that is registered to associations like National Association of Jewellers;
  • Have a budget in mind so that you don’t over spend;
  • Be bold and ask for a discount;
  • Ask for clarification about the different types of metal that will suit your personality and
  • Check your precious jewellery is hallmark. Hallmark is an official mark on items made of precious metals from platinum, gold etc.

Written By Nike Ademuyiwa

Tink. Wedding. Tink. Irresistible Jewellery

Diamond(The Lesotho Promise)


“Diamonds are beautiful, mysterious and rare. And every now and then a miracle of nature occurs” Laurence Graff.

In August 2006 one of the most beautiful diamond in the world was discovered known as ‘The Lesotho Promise’. The diamond was the 15th largest diamond and the 10th largest diamond the world had ever known stated  by Marijan Dundek.  The Lesotho Promise diamond was 603 carats in the rough and weighed 120 grams. The Lesotho Promise diamond was later purchased by Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds.

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Diamonds are timeless love and irresistible touch.

Written By Nike Ademuyiwa

Tink. Jewels. Tink. Irresistible Diamonds

Loveletters


Your touch is like open heaven,

gentle whispers in the dark.

Raindrops of kiss through time,

sunlight up all night.

Hands drumming in silent,

we touch our heart in distance.

My heart touches your soul,

and together we wear our heart of

love to tell our story.

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Image Courtney of Tink Jewellery.

Written by Nike Ademuyiwa

Sex(Sapphire.Emerald. X-Factor)


Sapphire.Emerald’s are gemstone that are breathtaking, irresistible and striking.

Think Love. Think Romance. Think Sapphire and Emerald’s

Sapphire derive its is name from the  Greek word meaning “blue. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. Sapphire is known to come in blue colour but but it comes in all colors except red. The world’s most famous engagement ring was that of Kate Middleton’s and Princess Diana’s sapphire ring.

 
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Emerald is the birthstone of May and a perfect choice for wedding anniversaries.  Emerald comes in lustrous green colour. Emerald’s name  comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.”

Atocha Emerald Cross.

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Photo Credit: Robert Weldon

About Author

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the National Association of Jewellers  Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry. She is the creative director of Tink Jewellery a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation.

Gold Digger


Gold is a precious metal which is valuable and greatly sought-after. Gold in its polish state looks irresistible. However, they are different process of gold digging.

Photo by Andrew Lucas; courtesy of Bartar Jewellery Co., Ltd.

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A gold digger is an expertise in mining gold from the ground. There are different methods for gold mining which include Gold panning, sluicing, dredging, hard rocking and dredging.

Gold mining is a lot of hard work and expensive project from raw to polish. According to research Africa and India are the largest known deposits of gold.

There are also illegal mining where people don’t have authorisation for mining gold and they don’t support the local community. World Gold Council support Conflict-Free Gold Standard which ensure that “mining companies can assess and provide confidence their gold has been extracted in a way that does not cause, support or benefit unlawful armed conflict, or contribute to human rights abuses or breaches of international humanitarian law” by World Gold Council.

The Super Pit gold mine in Australia. Picture copyright by Brian Voon Yee Yap.

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Iesha in Osun state in  Nigeria where men dig for Gold.

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Guinea_Siguiri_miner_womanWoman panning for gold in Guinea

Enjoy Kanye West song Gold Digger.

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the British Jeweller Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry. She is the creative director of Tink Jewellery a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation

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