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The Jewelry of Black Panther & Marvel's First Licensed Jewelry Maker


Jewelry isn't the first thought that comes to mind after watching a superhero movie, but the motion picture production of Black Panther actually employs aesthetic creations from Marve's first licensed jewelry makre, Douriean Fletcher. The designer makes use of her unique and powerful creative tastes to help paint a world where one's ability and skill define one's role more in society.



African themed jewelry was an integral creative focus for her pieces, but she also wanted to show the manifestation of both bold strength and graceful spirituality- two traits that the women of Wakanda held proudly in their technologically advanced society. Fletcher mentions that the goal of her jewelry pieces is to remind wearers of an inner strength that they possess.



Her beautiful work was also shown for a brief period at the end of 'Avengers', another movie in the marvel cinematic universe. The usage of gold in feminine, yet strong motifs governed a large portion of the collection used by Marvel. The gemstone amethyst was also incorporated into some designs, possibly pointing to its historical connection with royalty and nobility.



Jewelry does not simply exist to be shown off as bauble or fashion statements. Throughout our existence on this planet, the wearing of precious metals and gemstones signified importance, wisdom, expression and culture. The passing down of mementos and heirlooms was something seen across every nation, with the intent of the older generations to leave behind a guiding emblem of their love and learnings to the children of the future.

(Photography: Marvel Studios & Press)
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