When settlers and traders from Europe arrived on the western coast of Africa during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, they were dazzled by the handmade jewelry that was produced by local artisans.
The designs were like nothing they had ever seen before with their blazing colors and beautiful handmade beads. T
The John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast earrings collection was inspired by these jewelry designs that became a status symbol in Europe. The collection was named after the term used for the western coast of Africa during the time period as a reference to those gorgeous pieces.