Gold museum

I went to see the Gold Museum in Cape Town, and here are some pictures from that visit. It was fascinating, and sure let me know that I was very wrong in thinking that the huge jewellery some people wear these days was a fashion started by drug dealers and pimps. These styles go back about 200 years in Ghana and a few other countries.

Bracelets - can you imagine what they would cost at Birks?


Necklaces and medallions

Earrings - so heavy you had to wear a thick rope across your head to help support them.

These go on top of the staves of office and can indicate rank

More fantastical decoration


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