I am from Africa precisely from Nigeria. Being one of the most fashionable countries in the world ( yes, you heard me right), looking good comes almost as a natural thing for the average Nigerian woman.The Nigerian woman loves to match her outfit way ahead of any occasion. This includes the outfit which could be traditional or western, the headgear (which we call gentle), the shoes and of course the jewelry.
Yes, the jewelry is very important and she likes them to be in ‘sets’
In the jewelry world here in Nigeria, we buy and wear most of our pieces of jewelry in matching sets. By sets, I mean, earrings, pendants/necklace, bracelets or and rings in similar design and colors sold together. They have to be the same especially, the earrings and necklace and or pendants. That is and has been the trend in Nigeria.
Even in the beads and non-beaded pieces of jewelry, most of the designs are sold in that manner. It’s rare to find an average Nigerian woman wearing her pieces of jewelry which do not come in sets. Yes, we do have a few that would wear the seperate piece as a necklace, another design of earrings together but it is not a popular trend.
The most common jewelry set is earrings with matching necklace. This is followed by the 3-in-1 which include, earrings, necklace, and bracelet. Next to this, is the earrings, pendant/necklace, and bracelet. The ring is not mostly included, as any piece can be worn on its own.
Also, I have bought jewelry separately and matched them to go with my outfit. I guess you can equally describe the combination as a”set” because they have to blend together. Another common thing with the Nigerian woman. This is an accepted trend also when it comes to jewelry here.
Did I also mention that we love it sparkling, shiny, bright and glamorous! The Nigerian woman loves her jewelry colorful loud and with Precious Natural Gemstones
We love beads and gems (traditional or modern), we love crystals (Swarovski or Czech or Chinese), we love our jewelry styles (multi-strands beaded jewelry, so hot here!) and most importantly we love our fashion sense!