Stylishly encapsulating South Africa through wearable art, Verus Fine Jewellery brings you a collection of hand-crafted jewellery for men and women, which masterfully captures the essence of our remarkable country. Made with ethically sourced and natural stones, their commitment is a pure one; beautiful jewellery crafted with artisanal talent and integrity as a homage to Africa.
This fine jewellery brand was founded by Candice Ilic and Gill Eerenstein. The collections are designed to encourage you to create your own personal statement and to have the freedom to change the mood of your style from day-to-day. Every item that they create is one that they wear themselves. Verus is a beautiful, personal journey together and they are proud to share it with their customers.
“The words that I live by in life are -conscious awareness, understated, and minimalism. This is what we try to reflect in our jewellery. We keep our metals and stones as organic as possible while being ecologically aware. To this, we add a dash of edgy sensuality with our designs. Candice and I are meticulous in creating handmade pieces that are easy to wear. With the combination of our style, manufacturing skills, and design inspiration we are able to bring you timeless, contemporary, beautiful jewellery,” says Gill.
“What we choose in life defines us. It is about so much more than pretty things. Joining Gill, a kindred spirit has given me the opportunity to co-create beautiful, ethical, artisanal jewellery, My own jewellery, above anything else that I select to wear, is personal and meaningful to me and I take pride in our collections which gives our customers the same opportunity. In addition, I love working with our small, skilled team. I adore the perfect and delicate pieces we create, and I am continually excited to share the adventure with you! Our strength as a team lies in our appreciation of one another individual ideas, together with our deep and aligned principles. Verus represents our love of understated, authentic, and ethically conscious design. We like to keep things simple, but exceptional. Every item that we create is one that we wear ourselves. Verus is a beautiful, personal journey together and we are proud to share it with our customers,” says Candice.
WHAT VERUS SAYS ABOUT THEIR JEWELLERY:
We offer 9k and 18k gold, and where possible, we now offer 14k gold. What’s the difference? Each contains more pure gold as the K weight increases. 9K is comprised of 37,5 percent pure gold, 14k contains 58.3 percent, and our most expensive option 18k contains 75 percent (the balance of the yellow gold value is made up of silver and for rose gold, we add a mix of silver and copper). The reason we don’t design with 24k is due to its softness, making it unsuitable to work with. We create primarily in rose and yellow gold, and on request, make up pieces in white gold. White gold is pricier than yellow and rose gold and needs to be rhodium plated to achieve a brighter appearance.
Sterling silver in South Africa is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent other metals and we comply with this regulation.
Verus Fine Jewellery offers rose gold plating for certain silver pieces (a popular accepted standard is 1.5micrometres thick using 10k gold). We plate our sterling silver with 3 to 5 microns thick using 18k gold. Plating is non-permanent (it’s a thin layer of metal coating the sterling silver) and so be aware that it does wear off over time, affected by care and frequency of wear. This can be further influenced by chemicals such as chlorine, detergents, perfumes, and body lotions as well as sunscreens. Plating can also be influenced by skin acidity which shortens the lifespan of the coating. Once the gold plating wears off, the piece will return to a silver hue, but it can be re-plated. We offer one free re-plating service and further plating for a nominal fee.
A piece of blackened or oxidized silver is true sterling silver, but its surface has been intentionally darkened by introducing it to a chemical process. A layer of silver sulphide forms on the exterior of the metal giving it a blackened look. We use a chemical compound such as liver of sulphur (potassium sulphide) to create the matt gunmetal black surface on silver jewellery. Like other patinas, oxidized silver is just a surface treatment and does not change the internal colour or properties of the metal. Therefore, only the top layer of metal particles has been given that blackened colour, and over time, depending on the amount of wear and how you care for your pieces, the oxidized finish will polish off and the true colour of the silver will shine through. This means your piece will evolve.
To care for it properly, remove your oxidized silver jewellery before aggressive contact, and also when showering or washing your hands so that you prolong the dark colour. In general, oxidized silver jewellery should not be cleaned with jewellery cleaning dips or heavily polished so that will strip off the blackened surface. If cleaning is necessary, use mild dish detergent and a soft toothbrush with as little rubbing as possible.
The oxidized finish of jewellery can be restored at any time. We offer one free treatment and thereafter we can treat it for a nominal fee.
Treasure Beach was born out of Donna Kincade’s love of fashion and her hometown – The Bluff in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The brand was also established to created stylish, affordable fashion for all females running homes, businesses, and “let’s be honest – the world”.
“All things I personally “treasure”. Growing up I loved dressing and styling my friends. It gives me so much joy when someone feels good because they look good. It is this joy that sparked the flame that brought this passion to life in Treasure Beach the Brand! I am creative at heart and it has always been my dream to build a brand of my own that reflects both my passions and my values.
I am committed to supporting small, local businesses and with the help of local manufacturers, mostly from the South of Durban, using my own designs inspired by international trends. We are able to offer beautiful, high-quality products at an affordable price. We aim to be led by inspiration and so will not only add new designs seasonally but also whenever my fancy strikes,” says Donna.
OZBOB was created by Robin Osrin who is a top wardrobe stylist based in Cape Town. Robin, or rather Bob as her friends call her, started OZBOB as a passion project on the floor of her studio apartment during the lockdown.
As a wardrobe stylist, she has made a few headpieces and other bits for jobs she has done in the past and she always has leftover “stuff”.
“So, during the lockdown, with so much time on my hands, the big sort-out began. I found myself going through my accessory boxes and pulling out all the bits that were broken or that I would no longer use. I found bits of leather, feathers, “blingy” offcuts, etc, and so it began. I started with a few headpieces and the sunglasses came later. This lockdown has been a whole new creative journey for me, and I am so grateful for the time I have had in order to produce these beautiful pieces. I hope you love them as much as I do!“ says Robin.
Jangi Accessories is a uniquely South African brand and an iconic online shopping experience for all your statement fashion jewellery, handbags and accessories. The brand was founded in 2005 by Jan and Angi (Jan + Angi = Jangi).
This duo travels the globe in search of suppliers, manufacturers, designers and artists who provide good quality items that push the envelope of style. The offering combines various own designs and global designs to be manufactured at source worldwide.
“Celebrate your own individual personality and fearless goddess with their exclusive collection of accessories”
From simple 925 sterling silver earrings, dainty necklaces to statement drop earrings, adjustable cocktail rings, beaded necklaces, and anklets, gemstones, genuine Austrian crystals, unique genuine leather bags, tweed canvas bags, cotton-polyester crochet bags.
Unison Store is a South African design collective featuring the ranges of SA designers across the genres of fashion, homeware, gifting, accessories, etc.
The store was launched by Shauna Neill about three years ago and it is located in Flanders Boutique Mall in Mount Edgecombe, Durban. This location is a hangout place for locals to enjoy a meal, have their hair and nails done, and carry out the obligatory grocery shopping.
The store also retails online and they courier all over South Africa and offer a free online gift wrapping service as well as a pickup service for Durbanites.
“I opened the store in Oct 2017, to fulfill my lifelong dream of having my own store. Through my work as a jewellery designer, travelling, and my general obsession with all things design, I have made some amazing friends in the design world and have a wealth of incredible designers in my contacts list who I admire and respect. So, putting this collective together was easy and so rewarding. I love being in the store and chatting to our customers about the stories behind the designers. I also love finding new talent and doing my bit to promote and build up South African small businesses. I hope you enjoy shopping for the ranges of some of SA’s most exciting new and established designers. We certainly enjoy bringing them to you!” says Shauna.
The Leather Lot is a recently launched luxury leather brand, offering statement pieces in bold designs and colours. Suitable for any fashionista with a need for eye-catching arm candy, each piece is meticulously hand-crafted and elegantly assembled. For the Daring Diva, limitless colour options are available in various materials such as crocodile, ostrich and cow leather.
The collection includes staple items which no serious trendsetter should be without, and offers the flexibility of customisation for mavericks with an eye for unique, expressive pieces.
Driven by deep passion to uplift and promote South African craftmanship, leather lot is a small business hoping to achieve a wide reach. The brand’s ethos centres on making luxury leather items accessible, without compromise on quality, thereby making the experience of luxury a lifestyle.