Individually handcrafted, bead by bead, from fallen African hardwood and sterling silver, this necklace is a truly timeless treasure! Each deeply-hued bead is hand-honed and burnished to gem-quality shine without the use of lacquer, varnish, or wax, allowing the natural oils from your skin to penetrate the grain and maintaining its beautiful condition for generations of wear.
Designed by Philip and Katy Leakey in the bush country region of Kenya, where the Zuluwood jewelry company provides work opportunities for their Maasai neighbors without adversely impacting the Maasai culture. The Leakey Collection uses only fallen dead wood that would otherwise be burned as fuel. With a tradition of superlative beadwork dating back generations, Maasai women string the beads together with sterling silver fittings, creating attractive jewelry for you, while bringing much-needed income and opportunity to themselves, their families, and their community.
- Sustainably harvested wood & sterling silver
- 18" L (45.7 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Kenya.