Asansatoɔ (Paramount Chief) Necklace

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Our unisex chief necklaces are shown in an 23 karat gold & silver plated 18" finish. Every piece is forged and engraved by hand here at our Kumasi workshop. Traditionally worn at festivals, funerals, weddings and special events they are surely conversation starters and relics meant to be passed down on to future generations.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each piece is unique, one of the same & any variations are considered part of the beauty of the design. 

Symbol Meaning

  • The pyramid-like talisman is actually called “asansatoɔ” which means hawks tail. It’s called that because of its visual congruence and the nature of the raptors predatory skills.
  • This piece in particular is actually considered a talisman which is also known as “asuman”. They worn as a remedy or for protection against malevolent forces. Akans believe that the gold itself has protective powers and a spiritual connection to Onyame (God) which is one of the reasons why it’s so widely used.
  • There are some legends that connect the asansatoɔ talisman to ancient Adansi who were known to be the first builders of stone structures in Ghana which the piece reflects. Some others say it even goes back farther to old Ghana empire and serves as an ancestral reminder to the Akans for being the ones who actually built the Egyptian pyramids.

Since the fourteenth century, Akan rulers have used elaborate displays of royal regalia (Agyapdie) to express their power and wealth, as well as to shield themselves from harm. We have erected this royal regalia through the Omanhene collection in modern fashion while maintaining the authenticity of style and techniques used to produce them that are centuries old.

We are Ghanaians and a black owned small business in love with our culture with a mission to share a piece of our heritage with the rest of the world.

Environmental Impact of Your Purchase

  • Investing in the health and economy of the communities that are affected by precious metals, gemstone mining, and manufacturing in particular Ghana.
  • DIRECTLY supporting a local artisan and manufacturing economy.
  • Investing in the growth of a sustainable jewelry industry.

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Why Adinkra Jewelry?

Handmade in Ghana

Here at Adinkra Jewelry, authenticity is everything. We felt that it would not pay homage to our rich culture to place the production of our artifacts in the hands of others. Therefore we employ local smiths and artisans here in Ghana who understand the cultural relevance of our products to design and produce our pieces.

Responsible Labor

At Adinkra Jewelry, we've taken an oath to support healthy, happy & financially beneficial working conditions. We directly employ the original smiths of our ancient jewelery with fair wages and give tribute to the royals who have adorned them for generations. No part of our supply chain is left out, and we're always working to do better.

Cultural Education

Before you wear our pieces, we strive for you to know the history and significance of what you wear and of the people who craft them. It's not just a trendy fashion statement, it's a historical piece that connects us to a lineage of black culture going back thousands of years.

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