Dear Rae’s jewellery is inspired by founder Karin Rae Matthee’s diverse background.
While she hails from Germanic heritage, she grew up in South Africa and this is reflected in her designs. Although each ring is meticulously crafted and constructed with care, Karin notes that her designs still embody a sense of rawness, and she loves the balance the two.
“I think that’s important in life. I think if everything is perfect, it’s boring.” Being a surfer and lover of the outdoors, Karin’s designs are made to be worn every day and to last lifetimes.
Karin’s love for jewellery started at a young age. After school she decided to studied a BA in Fine Art in Jewellery Design at Stellenbosch University. After this, she completed a semester studying jewellery design in Germany and returned to South Africa, ready to launch Dear Rae. Designing each piece herself but working with 12 hand-picked manufacturers at her Cape Town-based studio, she is passionate about empowering South Africans.
Address: 164 Bree St, Cape Town
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