A Celebration of Erykah Badu’s Funky Fabulous Jewelry

December 22, 2016  |  
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What can we say about Erykah that hasn’t been said before? Perhaps nothing, really. I think the praise and adulation we’ve been giving her for the past couple of decades has quite a bit to do with the fact that we respect Erykah’s visible commitment to be herself. And in being the woman that only she can be, she reminds and inspires us to not only discover but display what’s unique about ourselves. In what seems like effortless flyness, Erykah rocks the freshest turbans, the tallest hats, the smallest braids and the most ornate and eye-catching jewelry. I’ve been watching her Instagram page for the past couple of weeks and I just have to share the wonderment I’ve been seeing.

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Day @houseofmalakai

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Artist Malakai has designed plenty of pieces Ms. Badu has added to her collection, including the memorable, feather, nose ring she wore while hosting the Soul Train Awards. He began his career in the underfund scene in San Francisco but is now based in Bali, Indonesia. In addition to providing pieces for Ms. Badu, he’s also worked with FKA Twigs, Rihanna, Missy Elliot and Beyoncé, to name a few. Both the nose piece and spiral chin cuff Badu is wearing go for about $319.

I would do a lot of strange thangs for these leather gloves, chile. Not really. But they are making me feel a little lustful. Recently, I watched Eartha Kitt’s episode of “Unsung,” so naturally these gloves with their skin tight fit and undeniable ferociousness put me in the mind of Catwoman.

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Night

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WirelessWarrior @iamcrg7 the bass is incredible.

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Every and anybody has Beatz by Dre headphones. But Badu spiced it up with these blinged-out gold ones from CRG Collections. Not only are they pretty to look at, Ms. Badu noted that the bass was amazing. Both they and the Wings of Egypt set (pictured below) will run you $300.

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Badu FREAQ Tuning Septum Custom @bijules one of one

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bijules helped Badu take her septum game to the next level with this piece. But if you’re looking to order one just like it, you’d be out of luck. This one is custom.

This swing string is also an original by bijules.

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Landed. 💋

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This piece from House of Malakai has to be one of Badu’s favorites. It’s all over her IG page. If you’re trying to get you one like this, you’ll have to come up off about $267.

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Manuela Maria Mexico

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I couldn’t find out where this mask came from but it was too fly to leave off the list. It gives us a V. Stiviano vibe…sans the racist boyfriend.

If Badu favors a particular designer, it’s Lillian Shalom. If you’ve seen Erykah Badu at all in the past few years, you’ve seen her in one of Lillian’s pieces. The Galileo rings are her go-to. At $1,200, the price for just one of these babies is steep. If you want it in gold, it will be an extra $200.

This piece is amazing, right? No telling how much it cost or if Badu had to pay for it at all. What I do know is that it comes from a store in New Orleans called Foots’ Place.

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…not just some

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The grill from Lillian Shalom.

And Lillian for the win one more time.

Which piece was your favorite?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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