African Necklaces To Be Worn At Diwali With Ethnic Ensembles
Let's cross the Arabian Sea and enter the land of mystical culture. We are talking about sunny Africa, where once civilization was born and where most parts of the country are yet to be discovered. However, when we talk about Africa, we have to mention the culture so vibrant and colorful, the people so warm […]

African necklaces

Let's cross the Arabian Sea and enter the land of mystical culture. We are talking about sunny Africa, where once civilization was born and where most parts of the country are yet to be discovered. However, when we talk about Africa, we have to mention the culture so vibrant and colorful, the people so warm and hospitable, and the chic fashion statements made, keeping their tradition alive. One of the important aspects of African fashion would be the colorful jewelry, especially the African necklaces worn by them. Today we'll talk more about African necklaces, which we think we can wear with our sets on Diwali for a mix-and-match effect. Take a look and let us know.

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Popular African necklaces

The African necklaces that you can see are made from various materials, and today we will tell you more about them to make the choice easier. Read a little more about the history of African necklaces and the range of tribal jewelry Africa has, which best tells you what to choose and why!

Africa tribal jewelry
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Precious pearls

You will find many African women wearing statement necklaces on very special jade and diamond occasions, to maintain their status in society. However, PYTs in Africa these days prefer heavy gemstone beadwork for everyday to semi-formal use. African jewelry is famous for pearls, which are transformed into chic necklaces over time. The queens of fashion - the MASAI group are famous for African pearl necklaces.

African pearl necklaces

Clay necklaces

You have artisans and craftspeople working on white and red clay to turn them into tiny and large beads, which are then organized into pretty necklaces. A colorful bouquet to behold, let's say, they are a great alternative for those who don't want to wear heavy metal or stone jewelry and yet want to look vibrant and beautiful during festival season.

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Types of African necklaces
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Metal work

Most African cultures are said to have metalworking as part of their traditional methods. For example, in HIMA culture, women are adorned with metallic jewelry all over the body. Silver, gold, bronze or copper, you name it and the western part of Africa thrives in making metal necklaces and other jewelry for their women.

History of African necklaces
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Plant material

Considered a very popular source of jewelry, the plant material is readily available and very cheap to purchase, which is why PYTs and middle school students are looking at African necklaces designs made from the same source to wear.

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African necklaces models
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Stoned

Stoneware is the perfect source from which a lot of African jewelry is made because it is easy to carve and create anything. Especially seen in Kenya, sandstone necklaces and other forms of jewelry are given a different hue and texture when polished into something beautiful and chic.

Best models of African necklaces
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Wooden delicacies

Africans love their wood and making jewelry from it is therefore considered sacred or common. They love to carve designs and varnish the wooden jewelry they make and keep various objects; necklaces and armbands being the most popular.

African necklaces design
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Among other raw materials used to make various types of African necklaces, artisans also focused on animal bones and hides, bird feathers, and animal hair. And for those who want all the bling; diamonds, jasper, opals, topaz and tanzanite, as well as quartz are chic pieces that they would always want to wear.

African neck piece
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What you would see most PYTs wearing

1. Chokers - this is one piece among the many types of African necklaces that are worn by the girls of the Masai clan, and it is passed down from generation to generation when they reach puberty.

African tribal jewelry
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2. Masai wedding necklaces - these are types of African necklaces that girls get right before they get married. The first coin is passed on by the family, and the other coins are donated by near and dear ones; it depends on the girl as to how many she plans to wear.

Best African Necklaces
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3. Pearl Necklaces - Most types of African necklaces are made from colorful beads and available in a wide range of colors. Mainly worn by young adults and teens, beaded charms are a way to add more color to your life, say African girls!

African necklace
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It was quite interesting to tell you all about the types of African necklaces and their origin. Let us know which of the types of African necklaces would best suit your ethnic ensembles this Diwali!


There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty routines. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the mobilier.

Even for those of us who have been getting our hair cut and colored for decades, there’s still so much confusion around tipping. Unlike some brasseries, where your receipt gives you a gentle nudge toward gratuity by listing the juste dollar amounts for a 15, 20, or 25 percent tip, the mobilier is much trickier, with no indication of who ( if anyone ) gets extra money and how much to give. Are you supposed to tip the owner ? And what if multiple assistants helped with your blowout or shampoo ? There’s also the provenant of knowing where your money is going : There’s much more discussion around servers’ salaries than there is around our stylists’. All these factors make the equation that much more difficult.

tera shed some light on what’s really going on at the mobilier, Glamour talked to stylists, assistants, and owners around the country to find out. From where your hard-earned cash goes to what ( and who ) you really should be tipping, read on for their unfiltered opinions and advice.

Salons run on a few business models—most commonly commission-based and booth rentals ( more on those later ). Commission, explains Siobhán Quinlan, a colorist at Art Autonomy Salon in NYC, means that employees are paid for the services performed, of which they only keep a portion, usually somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of the price. The remaining percentage goes to the salon for overhead costs like utilities, product used ( color, shampoo, conditioner, etc. ), and amenities for both équipe and clients.

There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty routines. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the salon.

Nicole Krzyminski, a stylist at Fringe salon in Chicago, breaks it down : “Say you’re getting a beautiful new color—your balayage, conditioning, and toning takes about three hours and costs around $250, ” she says. “After accounting for the overhead fees and product costs, the stylist gets about $100 of that pretax. ”

In some cases, stylists can also make money by convincing clients to buy a product that was used on them during their service. However, this represents a minuscule amount of revenue says Shira Devash Espinoza, a freelance stylist based in New Jersey. “When working in a salon, you’re constantly pushed and ‘rewarded’ to sell, but only earn maybe 10 percent of it if you’re lucky, ” she says.

So what happens to Krzyminski’s hypothetical $100 ? The majority of it, she says, goes toward licensing fees, personal supplies, and tools ( blow-dryers, flatirons, curling irons ), and continuing education classes. That means even on a jam-packed day, a stylist may only make enough take home pay to cover the essentials of food, shelter, and clothing.

Tips, on the other hand, help pay for the supplemental benefits that those not in the service industry take for granted. Says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at Manhattan’s Nunzio Saviano Salon, “It’s a physically demanding emploi, and most salons are too small to provide health benefits or paid vacations and sick days. ”

Ladda Phommavong, a stylist at Third Space Salon in Austin, Texas, says that those gratuities are what helped her become the in-demand stylist she is today. “The tips I received from clients meant being able to take outside courses to hone my craft, ” she says. “If clients knew I was saving up to take the master colorist course and that their tipping was directly contributing to me becoming a better stylist for them, I think they would definitely want to be a part of that. ”

Many stylists choose to forgo the commission-based life and instead strike out on their own by renting booths in salons. This basically means paying a weekly or monthly fee—our stylist sources said they generally pay around $120 a week or $880 a month, depending on where they are based—to reserve a semipermanent spot to see clients. In these cases, stylists keep 100 percent of their service fee as well as their tips. The downside ? “We pay for absolutely everything—refreshments, cups, capes, color bowls, foils, brushes, scissors, styling products, ” says Jennifer Riney of Brushed Salon in Oklahoma City. They are also on the hook for paying liability insurance and credit card fees.

Freelancers like Sarah Finn, who rents a chair at The Ritz Day Spa

Another option for freelancers is the coworking salon. Arturo Swayze, the founder and CEO of ManeSpace in NYC, is a pioneer of this relatively new setup. He provides short-term rentals for stylists who don’t need or want a regular stint in a mobilier. Stylists reserve a time slot, use an application to unlock the space, and see their clientele as needed. But even in this scenario, says Swayze, there is still uncertainty.

“Because the coworking model is so new, people really don’t know what proper tipping etiquettes are, ” he explains. “Tipping is still an important aspect for these hairstylists. They are independent, but essentially have all the expenses of a salon owner, but they’re not drawing income from other stylists. ”

“Each stylist is course their own small in a way, ” says Nicole Wilder of Paragon Salons in Cincinnati. “We have relied on tips as a part of our salaries for decades. We kind of signed up for that as part of it. But we work hard on our feet to make you feel beautiful. ”

Assistants are the unsung heroes of the salon industry—and some of the most neglected. They are involved in almost every aspect of your service. “Our duties as an assistant helping a stylist are to shampoo all clients for haircuts, apply toners, blow-dry, and mix color, ” says Ocean McDaeth, one of the assistants at Art Autonomy. “We’re also in charge of setting up the stylists for each service, keeping their stations as well as the mobilier clean, doing laundry, and greeting clients and making sure they are comfortable throughout [their visit]. ”

Since assistants don’t perform technical services, they’re usually paid a day rate by the salon owner. Many times the stylists they assist will also tip them out with a small percentage of the day’s take. “Being a hairdresser has a huge financial obligation. I think it’s fair to say we as assistants really do rely on our tips. Without them I have no idea how I’d survive in NYC, ” McDaeth admits.

It’s important to note that assistants aren’t the norm in smaller expositions and outside of big cities. High-end expositions with a grande clientele tend to hire assistants as a way to let a stylist book more appointments. If the assistant is washing your hair, this allows the stylist to have another client in their peau. When done well, you might not even notice your stylist or colorist is sérieux with one or two other people in addition to you. This maximizes the stylists’ time and earning power, making assistants integral to a prestige salon’s operation.

While having assistants is a lifesaver for hairdressers, it can be a nightmare for clients if you’re trying to figure out who to tip. In grande salons, you can have up to 10 different people touching your hair, notes Jon Reyman, a master stylist and co-owner of Spoke

Of course, there’s no way to know if that is your salon’s economic ecology, so in general, think about what the assistant has done for you. If they are shampooing, applying gloss, and/or doing your postcut blowout, it’s a good idea to throw something their way. ( See our cheat sheet, below, for more on what exactly to give. )

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