Based in Brighton, Halina Mutinta works using ancient processes such as lost-wax casting to create her jewellery designs. Many of the tools she employs are like those she handled during her time in dentistry before she became a jewellery designer. Driven by a feeling of uncertainty around her identity, Halina started to delve further into her Sub-Saharan heritage as inspiration for her designs. Poring over books, she began to research ancient art and jewellery from southern Africa.
Great Zimbabwe, a ruined medieval city in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, particularly captured her attention. Abandoned in the 15th century with its precious artefacts including jewellery later looted, melted down, or misplaced, very little of its history exists today. This loss has inspired Halina to have her own say on how this jewellery could have looked—and recreate it.
Halina Mutinta's Isandla Collection translates as 'Hand' in her Zambian Tonga language. The hand symbolises unity, connection, and protection. For Halina, wearing protective jewellery is a powerful representation of these concepts. Her designs blend textures, coloured stones, and playful movable elements. A unique feature of the collection is the use of a wrapped look over the shoulders of the rings, creating a simple yet timeless look. Throughout the collection Halina delves into the rich heritage of ancient African cultures, weaving its history into her designs. The twelve pieces resonate with the enduring symbolism of the hand, they stand as a representation of accord, strength, and the timeless bond between past and present.