Handcrafted African bead jewelry in West Africa
"When I look toward the future, my dream is to become the best designer I can be. I also want to train more people in the art of traditional West African bead making.""I was born in 1987 in the Eastern Region of Ghana. My friends say I am respectful, hardworking and friendly.
"There are six children in our lovely family — three boys and three girls. I am the fifth-born. I lived in a God fearing community.
"Once, my parents sent me to buy cooked rice from a roadside restaurant. I ate part of the rice before I got home and, when they asked me about the small portion, I told them that was what was sold to me. They took me back to the rice seller and, when the truth came out, I was severely scolded before we even got home.
"My parents couldn't afford for me to attend senior high school so, after completing junior high, I went to Accra to search for a job.
"My love of beads led me try my hand at jewelry crafting. My sister once bought a waist bead design, which was very expensive. I took it one day when she wasn't around and went to buy some ordinary beads to make the same thing.
"Everyone liked it and encouraged to do more. So I did. Later, I began designing necklaces, slippers, earrings and bracelets. I enjoyed jewelry crafting so much that I enrolled in a designing school where I studied for six months and created even more unique designs on my own.
"My sister had a shop selling wigs and cosmetics and she let me show my beaded jewelry there. Eventually, I set up a small workshop where I craft my designs. With continuous practice, I mastered this craft and have even taught it to others.
"I developed unsightly keloid scars around one of my ears due to an earring my parents chose for me when I was a girl. As I grew up, people started showing me different types of medicine to treat it but none did heal it. I finally had to go to the Korle Bu Hospital for surgery. I didn't have the money but my wonderful friends helped me pay and I'm very grateful to them all.
"When I look toward the future, my dream is to become the best designer I can be. I also want to train more people in the art of traditional West African bead making."
12 items by Shamseeya Atideka
Splendid LuckChocolate and Tan Recycled Beaded Glass Statement Necklace
Splendid LeaderEmerald Green Recycled Beaded Glass Statement Necklace
Size: 20 to 22 inches$69.99
Splendid GraceBlue and Orange Recycled Beaded Glass Statement Necklace
Size: 18 to 20 inches$54.99
Splendid FortuneGreen and Gold Recycled Beaded Glass Statement Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches$39.99
Splendid LoveBlue and Orange Recycled Beaded Statement Necklace
Size: 20 to 22 inches$39.99
CutieRecycled Plastic Beaded Dangle Earrings Crafted in Ghana
Length: 2.2" x 1.6" W x 0.4" D$19.99
Circular SkyBlue Recycled Plastic Beaded Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Length: 2.6" x 1.6" W$19.99
Precious DesireBlue Recycled Plastic Beaded Necklace from Ghana
Size: 16 to 18 inches$59.99
Eco BrillianceWood and Recycled Plastic Beaded Necklace from Ghana
Size: 20 to 22 inches$64.99
Wooden WreathsWood and Recycled Plastic Beaded Earrings from Ghana
Length: 3" x 2" W$17.99
Golden WomanGold-Tone Recycled Plastic Beaded Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Length: 2.4" x 1.6" W$19.99
Red CurveRed Recycled Plastic Beaded Dangle Earrings from Ghana
Length: 2.4" x 0.8" W x 0.8" D$19.99