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About FONU Jewellery

FONU is a Fiji Island brand of luxe, urban jewellery that celebrates South Pacific heritage, textiles & story-telling.

 
Created by Fijian-Tongan artist Anga'aefonu Bain-Vete in late 2014, FONU Jewellery is a voyage of contemporary cultural expression. Each piece is designed in island tradition: every mark & every emblem invokes nature, strength & rootedness throughout our great personal journeys. 
 
Across blue seas & skies, from green to concrete jungles, FONU Jewellery is for the modern warrior, venturing fiercely through city life, but never losing the smell of saltwater from under her nose...

 

"From traditional fishing hooks, to tapa prints, to shark teeth FONU is repping the Pacific in a way that is accessible to international markets, but still preserving its essence." 
Mai Life Style - Fiji & The Pacific, Autumn/Winter 2015

 

Anga'aefonu Bain-Vete (Fonu)  Designer/Creative Director

Anga'aefonu (aka Fonu) is a Pacific Islander artist from Fiji, with Tongan, Tahitian & European heritage. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting, and later completed a Master of Visual Culture at Monash University, Melbourne. She has since worked on Art & Community Cultural Development projects, and as a commissioned and exhibiting artist.   

As an enthusiastic jewellery lover all her life, Fonu saw huge potential (and necessity!) in combining Pacific textiles and handicraft with luxe metals, in a way that could draw the  legacy of our craft traditions into contemporary wearable pieces. FONU Jewellery for her is about honouring both the aesthetic and spiritual beauty of Pacific design by making elegant pieces that are also imbued with cultural significance.

Across all her ventures Fonu is consistently inspired by multi-culturalism, and relationships between the self, community, and culture, both local and global. 

 

See Anga'aefonu's Art Folio at www.angaaefonu.net