Put an earring on it: 10 handcrafted earrings we love, including the Mantsho x Ovazania collection

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  • 2020 has been the year of collaboration for designers and creatives in South Africa. The latest one we're zooming in on is that between South African-born (now living in Australia) jewellery designer Ovazania and Africa’s design maestro Palesa Mokubung of Mantsho.
  • The two creators have collaborated to present a capsule collection of fine jewellery to accessorise our masks.
  • Plus, we look at more top-drawer earrings from eight local jewellers. 

In 2019, Palesa Mokubung of Mantsho became the first African designer to collaborate with retail giant H&M. This was after she had showcased at the BRICS show in October 2018 with fellow designers from Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

And this Women's Month, she collaborated with Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi, and 1st For Women on the #IAmFearless T-shirt campaign and then later launched her own capsule collection of home décor rugs.   

READ MORE: The Mantsho X Zozibini Tunzi 'Fearless' T-shirt we'll all be wearing this summer is finally here 

If anyone were to epitomise "finishing strong" then, it would have to be Palesa Mokubung as she has now announced her latest collaboration with South African-born (now living in Australia) jewellery designer Ovazania

Ovazania is a 100% handcrafted contemporary African-inspired accessories brand. "Inspired by the beat and vibrancy of Africa; we blend traditional and modern African aesthetics with contemporary design to create unique pieces for women around the world."

The collaboration between the two designers was inspired by the fact that masks have become accessories we can't do without, which means people are looking for ways to give this mandatory 'look' a bit more character.

The Mantsho and Ovazania brands therefore thought to add a "stylish flair" to our wardrobes by creating this capsule collection of masked earrings.    

mantsho x ovazania

mantsho x ovazania

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More notably, the earrings are a celebration of the incredible craftsmanship and African finesse that both Mantsho and Ovazania represent.

Speaking about this new project, Palesa says, "I think of Ovazania as a sister brand. We have a long time standing relationship and I have used her earrings for many of my Mantsho shows and shoots in the past. What I love the most is that her designs exudes African luxury."    

READ MORE: For masks as functional fashion accessories, the first designer facemask boutique opens in Spain

We already have our eyes (or should I say... ears) on the Ayo earrings, R990 and the Yaa earrings, R750.

mantsho x ovazania

mantsho x ovazania

Shop your favourite pair of the MANTSHO X OVAZANIA capsule collection here.   

And while you're at it, shop these standout earrings from eight more local jewellers: 

Kirsten Goss  

Fiesta earrings, R3590 

Hand crafted organic shaped three tiered stud with fan-fare and 8mm stone. Available in sterling silver or 18k yellow gold or 18k rose gold vermeil. 

local jewellery


Shaped Bell earrings, R550 

Thin braided rope shaped in the form of a palace and embellished with wax cotton, gold lurex and gold bell accents. Finished with gold plated earring caps and nickel-free hooks. 

local earrings

Githan Coopoo   

Githan Coopoo is a creative from Cape Town who makes sculpted jewellery items by hand. To order your own pair of bespoke earrings email githanc@gmail.com 


Award-winning local jewellers. Email xitadesigns@gmail.com to order a pair of these Flax earrings.


Hammered hoops, R330 

Manufactured in sterling silver, gold plated, or rose plated.

Due to the nature of hand manufacturing these earrings range from 7,5cm to 8,5cm in length. 

locally designed earrings

Mamabolo Jewellers

Thabang Mamabolo is the founder and creative director of Mamabolo Jewellers. You can find his creations at Veronica Anderson Jewellery in Rosebank, Johannesburg. 

It may not be a pair of earrings, but these Sterling silver cufflinks are worth adding to your wishlist. 

Lichen & Leaf  

Fruit Salad, R550 

These earrings are made by hand from polymer clay. All earrings are made individually, therefore they all have their own story to tell. While colours may be similar, no two can ever be the same. 

locally designed earrings


Part Time Love, R520

Wear as a stud or together. 24ct gold dipped. Earring length between 30mm & 35mm. 

locally designed earrings

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