Chelsy Davy launched AYA this year — a fine jewellery brand fused with ethically sourced gemstones from across the African continent.
Manufactured in Cape Town, the jewels incorporate a selection of top quality African gemstones, such as Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies ethically mined by Gemfields.
AYA’s debut collection Zambezi features pendants, bangles, bracelets, earrings and rings crafted in 18ct yellow gold and adorned with vibrant gemstones, each inspired by one of Africa’s most magnificent creatures, the elephant.
The range is named after the river running through six African countries, and each piece is named after a symbol from Davy’s homeland — Zimbabwe.
London’s Plukka and Baar and Bass are among the early stockists that have been impressed by the Zambezi offering as Davy has set about laying down the foundations for UK growth.
In addition to ethically sourced stones, the brand is also committed to financing the upliftment of schools and aims to improve the availability of education in Africa.