An example of what traditional African jewelry would look like. Again, a lot of color and a lot of patterns. Also, it is homemade just like the clothing and fabric and other art in Africa. There jewelry seems to make a statement and is a lot more vibrant than stuff you would see in the United States.
Beaded neck ornament, Sudan - central band of patterned Venetian beads & brass cartridge cases, worn by a Dinka man at or shortly before his wedding to show his eligibility and the wealth of his family in cattle. The beads themselves would either have been traded across the savannah from West Africa or brought inland from the East African coast.
Courtesy of The British Museum