African Batik Boho Necklace, Black White Onyx Tribal Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

The tribal inspired NZURI SANA handmade necklace is a truly stunning piece of boho jewelry that juxtaposes the more rustic look of fair trade African batik bone beads with the smooth elegance of black onyx gemstones.  Seven hand cut, wavy patterned black and white batik bone beads in a slightly curved flag shape are absolutely eye catching. Since each batik flag bead is individually handmade and decorated on both sides in Ghana (please see below for more information about that), they are very similar in design and color but not exactly the same.  
Between each batik bead is a sleek and shiny black onyx round bead, separated from the batik flags by pewter disc spacers and small sterling silver beads.  Black onyx beads finish the back of the necklace, interspersed with the lead free pewter and sterling beads. A textured sterling silver hook clasp set finishes the necklace perfectly.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the one of a kind NZURI SANA necklace is perfect for the woman who loves unique tribal jewelry and one who loves to hear the many positive comments on the jewelry she wears!  “Nzuri sana” is Swahili for “very beautiful.”

  • Batik bone flag beads:  app. 22 mm x 21 mm x 7 mm (at thickest)
  • Black onyx rounds:  8 mm
  • Pewter spacers:  app, 5 mm x 3 mm; lead free
  • Metal:  sterling silver and pewter
  • Clasp:  textured sterling silver hook clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm


*** For a better understanding of the relative size of the batik beads and black onyx used to create the NZURI SANA tribal necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.
*** How batik bone beads are made:
The batik bone flag beads used in NZURI SANA are so lovely - even more so when you understand the process of making them. Most bone beads are made in Ghana and Kenya, and, to a lesser degree, in Cameroon. "Batik" is traditionally a method of dyeing fabric where a clear wax design is applied to the material. When the material is then dyed, the wax repels most of the dye. This same technique is applied to bleached cow or buffalo bone, usually using hot beeswax because if its extreme resistance to dye. After a pattern is painted with the hot beeswax, the bone is then dipped in the dye. Most dyes used are made from natural sources: leaves, tree bark and/or sap. The bone beads are left in the dye bath a varying length of time, depending on how dark the bones need to be dyed. Once the desired color is achieved, the bead is dried, the wax is scraped off and the bead is carefully polished. Each bead is done this way, a very laborious process from beginning to end! But this process makes each and every bead unique.

Traditionally, bone is said to bring good fortune, strength and wisdom.  Black Onyx is believed to be a powerful protective stone and is used as a defense against negative thinking; it is said to bring balance to mind and body.  Pewter is said to be very grounding, bringing the wearer back to reality. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.


The NZURI SANA boho necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  Photos of my jewelry are taken outside in natural light.  The colors of the items used to create the jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own computer’s monitor.  Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.


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