Akrafena Necklace

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Description

A’Sika’s Story:
A’Sika was created in 2018 by Melbourne based designer Ella Badu. Her journey started in Ghana while exploring the country’s rich cultural history and artisanal workmanship. Inspired by traditional spirituality, regalia and the beauty in African symbolism, she brought her vision back home and started handcrafting jewellery with a story to tell.

A’Sika is here to bring back the realness by embracing the imperfections, but not compromising the quality. Where possible, materials are sourced locally and created with primarily recycled or reclaimed precious metals.

With a strong belief in slow fashion, the brand is built on the underlying love of a “forever piece”. In the coming months, A’Sika is working to create a consumer model that allows your previously loved treasures to be melted and reborn into new adornments.

The Akrafena sword originates from the Ashanti tribe, located in central Ghana. It  was originally meant for warfare but is now used in ceremonies to symbolise courage, responsibility and bravery. 

The etchings engraved upon the sword are the Adinkra symbols used to convey the message of the mission; Osram, (The Moon) reflecting patience and understanding and Nsoromma (The Star) representing guardianship. 

The hilt of the sword is topped with a clenched fist; the universal sign of resistance against oppressors and the iconic symbol for Black Power. The importance of these symbols and their meaning echo’s from their ancient inception through the ages, because Black Lives Matter today, tomorrow and forever. 

Care Instructions:

Wear:

• Wear your sterling silver often! Your skins natural oils will help keep silver jewellery
shiny.

Avoid:


• Avoid swimming or showering with your jewellery. Pure water will not tarnish your silver however chemicals and contaminates in the water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver.


• Avoid lotions, cosmetics, perfumes, hair spray and other hair products. Make your
jewellery the last thing you put on.

Store:


• Keep your silver in a cool, dark place away from sunlight, heat and moisture.
• Store your pieces separately in the bag provided to prevent any chance of jewellery scratching or tangling with each other.

Clean: 


• Clean your jewellery carefully with a soft, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth or chamois.


• For cases when the polishing cloth isn’t enough to remove tarnish, you can make your own silver cleaner. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda for two to three hours, then rinse and dry.

Made In Melbourne.