Black Onyx Plus Kazuri Pendant and Necklace Set Makes a Bold Statement (KAZ-03)
Black Onyx plus a Golden Honey Striped Kazuri Pendant and Necklace Set with Bronze accents is a bold addition to Miriam’s African Dreams Kalahari Collection, named for the beautiful Kalahari Desert in Southwestern Africa. In its solid black form, Onyx is considered the most traditional black gemstone, but it is not as common as translucent varieties of onyx banded with white quartz. Miriam combined large saucer-shaped solid black onyx with a handcrafted Kazuri Striped Ceramic Pendant and matching beads —and handmade bronze accents— to create this exotic one-of-a-kind necklace.
- The full length of the necklace is approximately 21 3/8 inches, including the handwrought and textured clasp.
- Black Onyx Saucers are 10mm in diameter
- Black Onyx rounds are 6mm
- Striped Kazuri Pendant is 47mm x 22mm
- Rectangular Kazuri beads are 26mm x 15mm
- Bronze flat discs are 8mm x 3mm
- The two double-disc bronze accent beads are 12mm long and 8mm in diameter
- Antique gold-plated corrugated beads are at each end of the necklace near the clasp.
Matching Bracelet and Earrings may be available by special order.
Kazuri Beads are imported from Kenya. Kazuri is the Swahili word for "small and beautiful"... And Kazuri beads are beautiful. 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. The beads used in this necklace are elegantly sculpted in diagonal waves of a golden rich honey and black, which blends beautifully with the solid black onyx from Miriam’s private collection of stones.
The bronze accents are Old World Bronze(TM). Each bead is handcrafted using an old-world wax method and bronze recipe developed by the Charveaux family of metalsmiths in Scottsdale, Arizona. As it ages, bronze develops a beautiful patina that enhances the individual character of each piece.