Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, has been associated with gold from time immemorial. Gold mining has been carried out by the natives for thousands of years with recorded accounts from the days of the Phoenicians and King Solomon of the Carthaginians. Before Europeans from Portugal and Britain arrived between 1453 and 1622 a thriving Industry was already in motion.
The Akan People and in particular the Ashanti (Asante) have ties closely with the history of gold mining in the region. Gold has always been a dominant commodity in the culture of the Ashanti’s and an important part of their wealth. The name Ashanti immediately connotes gold and in their local dialect the heartland of Ashanti power was historically known as ‘Sikaman’ (Land of gold).
Osei Tutu, became the uniting king of the Ashanti’s, who with the help and wisdom of his councellor, the great priest Okomfo Anokye, convinced all people that the soul of the Ashanti nation was enshrined in a “Golden Stool” which Okomfo was said to have received from heaven.
This metaphysical symbol of unity and strength established and combined with shrewd political powerplay with the different rulers of the Asante states ensured the recognition of the Asantehene as the overlord or paramount ruler of all Asante, who installed his royal court at Kumasi to this day 2017.
The Akan Ashanti People is made of 9 clans (families): The Anona, The Asakyiri, The Abrade, The Ekona, The Okoyo, The Aduana, The Asenee, The Bretuo and The Asona.
To Celebrate and honour the history, we created some inspirational and beautiful fine jewellery pieces from a number of the clans. These Clans represent Our founder’s lineage.