Kazuri, which means small and beautiful in Swahili, is hand-painted ceramic jewellery made in Kenya. Every bead which makes up a necklace or bracelet is shaped by hand by one of the 300 local women employed by Kazuri. The beads are then kiln fired once, glazed and fired again before being strung. Founded by the late Lady Susan Wood, Kazuri is still located where she first started creating employment for struggling single mothers back in 1975. The workshop is in Karen, named after Karen Blixen of 'Out Of Africa' fame, on part of the farm once owned by her. Karen, a beautiful area just a few miles outside Nairobi, lies under the Ngong Hills between Kenya's bustling capital and the spectacular Rift valley. The women employed by Kazuri receive a salary of 500 Kshs (Kenyan Shillings) per day for 7 hours, 3 times more than the average wage in Kenya in the agricultural sector. Full medical cover is offered to employees and their relatives: 80% of medical costs in public hospitals are supported by Kazuri, a clinic is located within the grounds of the property for basic medical care, prevention of AIDS and family planning. Through its social commitment and contribution in creating jobs for women in difficulty, it is natural that the company enjoys the label IFAT (International Fair Trade Association) in recognition of its social commitments to Fairtrade. This makes Kazuri a very different company.
In an age of mass-produced goods, Kazuri jewellery stands out as a little bit different. As every piece of jewellery is handmade, every one is unique. Indeed, many pieces take on the quirks and trademarks of the individual people who shape the beads, paint them or string them, giving them soul as well as beauty. Many Kazuri styles are named after areas, tribes and other features of the Kenyan landscape; evocative names that resonate with the organic nature of the clay that comes from its earth. So a Kazuri piece is more than an item of jewellery, it's a piece of Kenya.!!
Taguabella is made for Kazuri Beads Ltd by our design and production partners in Bogota, Colombia, who have worked closely with us to develop an exclusive range of stunning designs at prices that we think are very reasonable, given the quality, individuality and unique heritage of Taguabella. Tagua is a seed or nut from a palm tree indigenous to Colombia. Also known as vegetable ivory, ivory-nut palms are sustainably grown and eco-friendly. Tagua stimulates the economies of South America, provides an alternative to cutting down rainforest for farming, and helps prevent animals from being killed for their ivory. The seeds are dried, dyed and sliced before being assembled into beautifully crafted pieces of organic jewellery.
Hearts & Crosses
Hearts & Crosses specialises in the design of stunning, contemporary glass jewellery. The collections capture the essence of contemporary elegance whilst retaining a timeless, classic feel. Designer, Julie Welburn's designs are characterised by the use of stunning glass blended with silver, leather, velvet and suede to create sometimes bold, sometimes delicate designs with a contemporary twist. Captivating colours, a strong design history and the use of high quality materials have made Hearts & Crosses a highly sought after brand.
Chica de Cuba
Cuba is a country of great creativity and resourcefulness. Its creativity is obvious in its art, dance and of course music. Its resourcefulness is born of necessity - a result of decades of economic isolation. Chica jewellery is made in Havana, Cuba from recycled spoons and forks. Our Cuban designer, Dayami, heads up a team of four artisans who make the jewellery exclusively for Kazuri.