Bead + Cowrie

Bead and Cowrie is a handmade Jewelry line created by a Black queer womxn. It is Inspired by whimsy, pop culture, theatre, film and our forever religion, Black folx. Beads in the hair are a part of most black experiences growing up. They are adornments. They are protection. They are currency. Hair and the way we adorn our coiffures and our bodies is the soul of black folxs. The root of us. It is from that which everything else blooms. The Cowrie shell was chosen for its connection to ancestral currency and Africa, but also for its connection to the ocean, Oshun and Yemaya, the middle passage and our ancestors whose bodies became part sea and shell. Bead and Cowrie is for everyone but it is a celebration of the soul that is forever Black folxs. It is a symbol of our beauty, our trendsetting and our resiliency in spite of it all.