Waves of Bright Colors Dance on this Kazuri Bead Necklace. (KAZ-07)
Kucheza is the Swahili word for dancing – and Miriam's Kucheza “Dancing Waves” Necklace was created using Kazuri beads with colorful waves of Dark and Light Blue on an Ocean Green background that seems to dance in the sunlight. Accents are Sterling Silver, and Serpentine gemstones. Kazuri is the Swahili word for "small and beautiful"... And Kazuri beads are truly beautiful. 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. In this “Dancing Waves” Necklace, the colors used are Apple Green, Mexican Blue and Midnight.
- Necklace length is 20 inches, including the Sterling Silver Clasp.
- The 15 wavy oval discs are 20x16mm and approximately 7mm deep.
- The Fluorite rondelles, and Sterling Silver accents, are 6-7mm in diameter.
- This brightly colored and unique 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 be available by special order only.
The Kucheza series is the latest in Miriam's African Dreams ceramic jewelry. 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. Kazuri's beautifully finished products are made to an international standard... And Kazuri is a member of the Fair Trade Act.