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About Us


I am Gwanyan, but my friends and acquaintances call me Gwen. *insert wave*

If you were looking for a simple description, I would say that I am a small but radiant spark of productivity. Music and laughter is my medicine...and I am a pretty low-key Sagittarius.

At the core of it though, I am a Liberian-American woman that cherishes molding my creative concepts into gold, brass and silver. I also have a deep affection for machines and technology. Surprisingly, I would actually consider myself a machinist; mainly because I would never turn down the opportunity to use a power-tool.

For the last nine years, I have dreamed, built, and amassed Kpelle.Designs in my home in Bear, Delaware. This period of nurturing my company has allowed me to recognize this one true thing: my heart finds joy in handcrafting pieces that tenderly utter African lineage and culture.

As a result, I have made it my mission to create jewelry for women to feel inspired, empowered, and educated on the power of embellishing themselves in culture.