Kazuri Necklace with Twirling Colors Dancing in the African Sunset (KAZ-08)
Kucheza is the Swahili word for dancing – and Miriam's new Kucheza Twirling Colors Necklace was created using Kazuri beads dancing with splashes of colors in an African Sunset. Kazuri is the Swahili word for "small and beautiful"... And Kazuri beads are truly beautiful. Each bead in this necklace was hand painted and then glazed in peacock blue, brilliant lilac, and two shades of yellow, over a black base.
- Full length of the necklace is 20.5 inches including the Sterling silve clasp.
- The wavy discs measure 22-23mm in diameter and are approximately 6-7mm deep.
- Lavender Amethyst and Sterling Silver 6mm saucers compliment the shiny ceramic beads
- This one-of-a-kind necklace is strung on a strong and very flexible 0.019-inch, 49-strand stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
A custom-designed bracelet and earrings may also available by special order only.
The Kucheza series is one of the latest in Miriam's African Dreams Kazuri Ceramic Jewelry Collection. Miriam designs these one-of-a-kind necklaces using handcrafted ceramic Kazuri Beads imported from Kenya. Lady Sarah Wood and two African women began making the colorful beads in 1975 on the lawn of Isak Dinesen's Kenyan coffee plantation, the same plantation seen by millions in the well-known movie "Out of Africa." Today, this bead business offers employment and income for more than 200 Kenyan women living near the foothills of Mt. Kenya, who are often the sole providers for their children and families. Each bead is shaped by hand from clay - fired, painted, fired and glazed, and then fired again in an electric kiln. Up to five different colors may be used on one bead to create the pattern, and no two beads are exactly alike. Kazuri's beautifully finished products are made to an international standard... And Kazuri is a member of the Fair Trade Act.