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Artsmith Collections was founded in 2008 by West Africa’s most renowned male jewelry designer, Gbenga Ayo-Dada, who is fondly referred to as the King of the Nigerian jewelry industry. The Artsmith Collections’ pieces of Jewelry are all handcrafted and made with precious/semi-precious stones from Nigeria, Hong Kong, Italy and China. From a humble beginning of using his father’s car porch as a makeshift workshop and the drawers of his father’s wine cellar for storage (of tool boxes), Gbenga has grown the brand to having two swanky studios in highbrow areas of Lagos, Nigeria in a space of 10 years! Gbenga Ayo-Dada is a member of the Gemological Institute of Nigeria and an alumnus of Ion Jewelry school where he was certified as a goldsmith.
Artsmith Collections is the umbrella company under which Artsmith Academy and Gbenga Artsmith jewelry are subsumed. Gbenga Artsmith is a cosmopolitan jewelry brand headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria (with outlets in Ikeja and Lekki). The brand prides itself as the connoisseur of meticulously handcrafted and ingenious jewelry designs.
In the last couple of years, their collections have won several awards including the Glam and Essence Award for “Jewelry designer of the year”, Tush Awards for “Youth Entrepreneur of the year”, “Trailblazer of the year”, among many others.
In 2016, Gbenga Artsmith was selected by Nigeria’s highest grossing movie “The Wedding Party 1 and 2” as the official Jewelry designer. Gbenga Artsmith also provided Jewelry pieces for the highly acclaimed “Tinsel”, “Isoken,” “Skinny Girl in transit,” “Royal Hibiscus hotel” and the recently released, “King of Boys.”
Over the years, the brand’s jewelry pieces have been worn by high networth individuals and A-list celebrities such as Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, Chief Justice of Lagos state (Hon. Funmilayo Atilade), Pst. (Mrs.) Yemisi Ashimolowo, Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo, Waje, Omawumi, Mercy Johnson, Kate Henshaw, Adesua Etomi, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Joke Silva, Funke Akindele-Bello to name a few.
Gbenga Artsmith’s jewelry pieces have been featured in print publications too numerous to mention, but among them are This Day, Business Day, The Sun, The Nation, Genevieve Magazine, Punch Newspapers, etc The creative director has also been interviewed in major shows such as Ebony Life Tv’s “Moments,” TVC’s “Your View,” Arise Tv’s “Morning Show,” Mnet’s “Studio 53 Extra,” and a host of others.
The brand is committed to revolutionize jewelry practice in Africa and to make Gbenga Artsmith synonymous with jewelry as “Indomie” is to noodles!