The Observer (Kampala)

4 December 2012

Uganda: Fashion - Forget Silver or Gold - Coloured Necklaces Rock

They are all the rage in Kampala right now and honestly I don't blame anyone for rushing for colour necklaces. Before the turn of the trend, necklaces came in silver and gold. It is the rich that afforded the quite expensive pearls.

The silver and gold came in grades and many women only dreamed of owning a pure gold necklace. But trust China to make life easy for the average person and make cheap knock-offs.

Then, class was differentiated by the stone a necklace carried - the diamond-hence the birth of the blood diamonds that could set you back thousands of dollars. Then came the ruby, emerald and sapphire stones.

Today, necklaces are all about colour. Coloured chains, pearls, rings, feathers, beads. When they had just hit the market, a coloured necklace cost Shs 100,000 and more. The chunky ones cost even more.

Today if you know your way around Kampala, you can get one for as low as Shs 20,000. The upper market shops sell them for more than Shs 50,000. The thing about having coloured necklaces is that you don't have to try too hard to match your outfit.

You can wear all black and have a beautiful chunky coloured necklace to brighten up. And in this era of colour-blocking, the necklace can be a beautiful option. It is also good for matching with shoes or a handbag. When they have that layering design, they look even better. Silver and gold are now for only special occasions.

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