Wakanda Forever Jewelry A collection of modern talismans sculpted with the affirmation or mantra of your choice
in every etching, beginning with, “I AM….” Allure The power of attraction or fascination; to entice by charm or attraction. Adorn yourself with 18k gold vermeil earcuffs with Douriean's signature design. As seen on Queen Ramonda in Wakanda Forever.
18k Gilded Brass
Wire around ear:2mm x 1mm
Bottom wire dimensions :1mm width x 0.5 mm
Bottom plate dimensions :0.5 mm x 38 mm
Douriean began her journey of jewelry making by happenstance; she observed someone else using wirework and decided to attempt the task herself and sell her pieces as an additional revenue stream. A passion and appreciation for adornment germinated and took root within Douriean and she fostered that passion into a thriving career. She relocated from her hometown of Pasadena, CA to one of the art hubs of the world, known as New Orleans.
During her time in the New Orleans, Douriean laid the foundation for where she is now by selling at festivals, art markets, community events, and doing a brief stint teaching jewelry making to children and youth. From there she refined her skillset, explored other forms of fabrication, and eventually found herself working for major productions such as: Roots, The Black Panther, Coming to America, and Wakanda Forever. Along this road, Douriean has had the opportunity to achieve something historically unique as she is the first jeweler in the customer’s union, Local 705, and has set the bar for jewelers who come after her.
Now, Douriean aims to answer the question of where Black Americans, and specifically Black women, fit within the narrative of self-adornment and how it relates and connects to other cultures across space and time. She hopes to be an inspiration to other Black women and to garner an environment that promotes community and self-adoration. Through her work, she invites women to envision themselves as deities of our era and of the future.