Tinsel- Johannesburg’s Jewel on the Reef

If you like unique, locally designed and made jewellery- then you have to visit Tinsel. Situated at the fashionable Bamboo centre in Melville, this little shop is an absolute Jozi treasure.

Walking into Tinsel is like walking into an exquisite jewel of a Parisian boutique. You are surrounded by decadent pink striped walls , ornate gold picture frames and …..garden gnomes! Ok so maybe the last part isn’t Parisian but it is definitely very Tinsel!


Earrings Galore at Tinsel

Opened 5 years ago Tinsel has made a name for itself as the place to find absolutely stunning one of a kind pieces. Owned by talented designer Geraldine Fenn, Tinsel stocks contemporary local jewellery that is more about design than value of material. The store exhibits the work of 20 leading local jewellery designers. Their work is very eclectic and so there is something for everyone’s taste. It is also a perfect stop for visitors to Joburg looking for a tasteful and unique memento of their visit to the city of gold, or locals looking to treat themselves.

To-die-for rings by Jan Bekker

Earrings by Ida-Elsje Olivier

Favourite pieces are the art –nouveau inspired rings, delicate African continent pendants, long intricate articulated skeleton earrings and to be truthful, just about everything else.

I recommend paying a visit to Tinsel as soon as possible! They are having a 5th Birthday celebration on Sunday the 22nd and everything is 20% off so there really is no time like the present!


Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg road, Melville

011 726 7269



All images by Justin Du Piesanie

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