About Black Betty

Black Betty was founded in 2012 by designer Kristin Weixelbaumer, born from her lifelong fascination with the symbiosis between natural elements and the human experience. Kristin’s journey, driven by her passions for design, travel, and mysticism, reached a logical conclusion in northern India, encountering the centuries-old tradition of gem craftsmanship. At the intersection of cultural, spiritual and geological fascination, a calling rang out.

We believe in the ethereal notion that precious gems find their owners, and exists to facilitate this magnetism. Jewellery oughtn’t be mere decoration; a slave to style.  When a mutual respect exists between object and wearer, one honours the origin of the material, and its inherent providence. There is a sense of magic in wearing a polished and cherished fragment of the earth on your person. The reward for consciously adorning jewellery is a sense of femininity, intent, and connectedness.

Once the sun descends and the night sky starts to sparkle, Black Betty becomes Black Gold – our premium range for premium occasions. Rooted in the same ethos of spontaneity and authenticity, Black Gold projects a more focused intent, designed to garner attention and be cherished for a lifetime. Characterised by the regal combination of gold and diamonds, these pieces are assets as much as they are accessories. 

Utilising hand-cut precious and semi-precious stones suspended in treasured metals, Black Gold & Black Betty derive endless joy from working with the earth’s hidden treasures and aims to transmit this joy to its customers by creating timeless pieces of jewellery for all women and men. 

Handcraftsmanship is the cornerstone of our creative process, and we value the essence of humanity inherent in imperfection. Our jewellery is designed with pencils and paper, and brought into existence by the dexterous fingers of artisans in South Africa, India, Indonesia & Sri Lanka.

By virtue of this core value every Black Gold & Black Betty piece is wholly unique, and an expression of personality. Our extensive range of pendants, earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets spans the spectrum from daily to ceremonial, with something for any mood, occasion, or cosmic age.

Each Black Betty & Black Gold collection has its own unique concept and context, giving rise to a range of handcrafted jewellery for any occasion – from daily to stately. 

Every collection also foregrounds an awareness that each piece of Black Betty and Black Gold jewellery originates from the universe: metals and gems uncovered from the earth, stardust transmogrified into human hands, and the mysterious flame of inspiration that burns brightly when ideas are manifested into physical form.