ABOUT US

A Moor's Crown, LLC offers a wide range of high quality, handmade jewelry to suit your taste and style. Drawing inspiration from a variety of art, such as by Chéri Samba, Wangechi Mutu and  various  fine African jewelers. Moors appear in different roles. Some as servants or slaves, some as gondoliers in elegant livery, as decorative elements or mirroring wealth and high social status in choral scenes depicting Venetian life.

Moors appear on brooches and other trinkets  in some of the best jewelry shops in Venice, proudly featured as pure Venetian tradition. Amidst gold, shining diamonds and precious stones, the black face of a turbaned moor on a jewel.

Though the term can be found throughout literature, art, and history books, it does not actually describe a specific ethnicity or race. Instead, the concept of Moors has been used to describe alternatively the reign of people of African descent. Derived from the Latin word “Maurus,” the term was originally used to describe Berbers and other people from the ancient Roman province of Mauritania in what is now North Africa. Beginning in the Renaissance, “Moor” and “blackamoor” were also used to describe any person with dark skin.

The reclaim of African aesthetics among black women through the ways in which we wear our hair is now a movement. Many black women are using hair jewelry like beads, gold cuffs, and multicolored string in to accentuate natural or protective styles such as braids, locs and twists. This “trend” however is rooted in the black hair experience. The wearing of such accessories is intrinsically connected to longstanding African traditions of status and beautification. The wearing of hair jewelry is a beauty practice that long predates our present-day interpretations.