Namibian amethysts, Afgahnistani lapis lazuli, sterling silver beads rimmed with matt white enamel, and silver inlaid beads carved from ebony and bloodwood—strung with 18-carat gold spacers.
Kraal, an Afrikaans and Dutch word meaning an enclosure, or to enclose. The word dates back to a time when beads were still a global medium of expression and exchange, valued for qualities such as colour, shine, or rarity. Beads remind me that people of different ages, places, and cultures hold the same things dear, even when the world seems characterized by schisms and sudden change.
Like the beads of old, the beads that go into a kraal necklace are made by hand, one at a time. Each necklace is a collaborative effort between myself, a master stone cutter, and an enamellist. Together we painstakingly shape, cut, fire, inlay, and string each bead.
The Amethyst Kraal is made from Namibian amethysts, Afgahnistani lapis lazuli, sterling silver beads rimmed with matt white enamel, silver inlaid beads carved from ebony and bloodwood—and strung with 18-carat gold spacers.
The necklace is a comfortable weight and has a magnetic closure for easy use.