Inspired by African traditional practices of using jewelry as a form of art, adornment and clothing, we handcraft wearable art that expresses the diversity of African accessories and looks, to overcome the aesthetic cultural stereotypes. Zuri Perle jewels not only take you on a journey of discovering and experiencing the past, but also opens the door to a new and exciting interpretation of Africa in the here and now.
My name is Atinuke Adeleke and I am the Owner and Lead Designer at Zuri Perle. I moved to the United States in 2009 to be with my husband, pregnant and unable to work due to my visa status I stumbled upon jewelry making as a means to supplement my family income.
I took my first jewelry making class during one of my trips back to Nigeria and fell in love with the process of handcrafting wearable artisan pieces. I initially created the brand to cater to African brides and grooms looking for traditional African jewelry here in the United States, but I have since expanded the brand to incorporate a balance of my Nigerian traditional aesthetic and western experience, which includes CAD and 3D printing.
I'm inspired by people and the hybridization of cultures. I pull from my Nigerian culture of using jewelry as a form of art, adornment and clothing to create limited edition jewelry and accessories
I am an alumni of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and I'm currently pursuing my MFA at the University of North Texas.
Zuri Perle Accessories have graced runways at New York Fashion Week and Kansas City Fashion Week. Our accessories have also been seen in Italiano L'Orafo, Weekly Style Magazine, Fox 4KC, Say Yes to the Dress, CNN Africa, Bead Style Magazine (US) and a couple of local publications in Nigeria.
All our pieces are handcrafted in my Studio in Dallas, Texas and my mission is to provide you with African inspired accessories that you will proudly wear for years to come. I strive to exceed my clients' expectations in quality and service and I look forward to serving you.