While visiting Niger, Ivorian/French jewellery designer Marie-Paule Tano came across some antique bronze Akan beads and amethyst gemstones at a local market, that so captivated her ideas began to fly and she found herself filling a sketchbook with design after design. Already a lover of accessories Marie-Paule’s passion for creating jewellery was ignited and her fine jewellery brand Rokus was the result. Marie-Paule’s use of traditional and artisanal African metalwork give Rokus jewellery a vintage vibe.
Following that fateful day in Niger Marie-Paule went on to study jewellery illustration and design at Central Saint Martins, London, and as her skills grew she started experimenting with techniques such wax carving and African-filigree. Committed to understanding the jewellery industry Marie-Paule’s interest goes beyond design and into manufacture learning all she can about the chemistry of jewellery making.
Based in London Rokus is a celebration of Africa, West and North in particular, as Marie-Paule taps into the regions’ creativity, stories, cultures, traditions, symbols, motifs, and production techniques. Oversize gold jewellery worn by Akan royalty, cowrie shells seen as a symbol of good luck, prosperity and infertility, the large distinctive hoops worn by Fulani women, traditional masks, and wildlife are just some of the sources of inspiration that go into creating Rokus’ bold statement necklace, earring, rings and bracelets collections. Using precious metals Marie-Paule’s designs are handcrafted between London and Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, her country of heritage.
Much like the markets, Marie-Paule explores on her travels seeking out interesting and unusual art and gifts, Rokus jewellery is much like finding a timeless treasured item of jewellery from the past maintains is relevancy.
For further information about Rokus visit: https://rokuslondon.com/
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