Kuumba Recasner creates her beautiful artisan jewelry from her home studio in funky bohemian Highland Park, California.
One of the most favorite jewelry designers among celebrities. among them that can be found gracing the pages of style magazines include TYRA BANKS, KATE BECKINSALE JENNIFER ANISTON, TRACY E. ROSS & PERSIA WHITE, KRISTEN BELL, SHANNON ELIZABETH, SHONDRELLA AVERY & JANN CARL BRANDY MARIA MENOUNOS EVA PIGFORD WENDY REQUEL ROBINSON KERRY WASHINGTON RACHELLE FARRELL TOMIKO FRASER and Top model’s TOCCARA JONES to name a few.
Kuumba’s ethnically adorned hoops accented with turquoise, bone and coral were a big hit at Jacqueline Jarrot. Her pieces have been the hottest picks at Fred Segal, Rocks, Anthropologie & other fine boutiques globally. Kuumba Divine Jewelry has been featured on CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight” & “The Insider”.
Her inspiration, from many different patterns, comes from the Watts Towers and their zodiac time capsules; from the cholas from her childhood that adorned their wrist with black bands creating woven patterns to express their burdens; and of course everything natural from the landscape of mountains to calm yet enormous effects of the sun, wind moon and ocean. There is a strong presence felt coming from her Creole heritage as the ornate wire sculpting mimics the wrought iron fences and the rich jeweled tones that she which seem to reflect a candle lit alter voudoun ceremony or the stained glass gothic catholic church. Other inspirations she sees come to her often in lucid dreams.
She has said that the visions she sees in her dreams are often dreamt as a slide show and she is just an audience member witnessing these creations, but upon waking she knows that this is the beautiful jewelry she must create. Her newest collection is named after the powerful goddess of love Erzulie. Erxulie is the fierce protector of woman and children, but she is all things feminine and loves beautiful jewelry, like the Kuumba jewelry which was inspired by her.
Kuumba’s quest in jewelry is to empower and enable more women as artisans and designers in Haiti, Ghana, Kenya and other UNDER-SERVED AND IMPOVERISHED countries. Creating fair trade employment opportunities so they too can start their own companies. Kuumba, a former Kindergarten teacher, now devotes herself to reinventing her jewelry line everyday.
Kuumba currently employs a staff of artisan teenage girls and young women from South LA, which is a tough concrete urban area were she grew up for most of her childhood. This, in turns inspire them to become entrepreneurs and artisans in the near future.
You can purchase Kuumba jewelry at Fred Segal, Sundance, Arhaus, and local botiques such as Native, Clover and Rue Due Mimo just to name a few. Halle berry, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Kerry Washington are fans of her jewelry line as well as a host of other hi-profile celebrities.
“Kuumba’s jewelry is goddess like.”
Angela Rich, Contributing
Accessories Editor (Fine Jewelry),
– InStyle Magazine