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Akola "African Queen" Lapis, Pyrite and Karatasi Paper Bead Necklace

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Overview & Details

Akola "African Queen" Lapis, Pyrite and Karatasi Paper Bead Necklace
Vast. Diverse. Beautiful. This necklace has a lot in common with the African continent. It's a striking statement look brought to life through a partnership between women in Uganda and women in Dallas, Texas. See that inspired union in the way its array of gems, beads and leather join to form one bold design. A wonderful way to claim a regal style domain.

Design Information

  • Necklace has faceted lapis beads at drape that transition to pyrite rondelles, faceted brown glass beads, gold-color, rondelle-shaped Karatasi paper beads and blue glass discs at top
  • Thin goldtone disc-shaped spacers
  • Dark blue pig suede tassel

Good to Know
  • Unless specified in the description, "leather" can refer to a variety of skins, including, but not limited to, cowhide, pigskin and lambskin. 


  • Gemstones and pearls are sometimes treated to enhance their natural beauty. To learn more and find out about care instructions see details.


  • Due to the composition and natural properties of mined gemstones, the product image may show slight differences to the actual stone in color saturation, tone, hue or other gemstone characteristics such as phenomena, color banding and color matrix.


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Necklace Measurements: Approx. 37-1/2"L x 1/2"W
Drop Measurements: Approx. 5-1/2"L x 9/16"W
Metal Color: Goldtone
Findings: Hook closure
Finish: Lacquered, painted, polished, textured
Additional Features: Knotted strand
Country of Origin: USA
Packaging: Boxed

Stone Information (all sizes and weights approximate)

Lapis: Faceted bead (13x10mm); mined in Afghanistan
Pyrite: Rondelle (7x10mm); mined in China


Akola "African Queen" Lapis, Pyrite and Karatasi Paper Bead Necklace

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A desire to empower women galvanizes Akola founder Brittany Merrill Underwood. It's a calling that's led the socialpreneur to Uganda and Dallas where Akola, which means "she works" in a Ugandan dialect, fulfills that mission. In both places, women create distinctive jewelry featuring surprising materials like recycled glass and handrolled paper beads. In doing so, they become agents of change in their families and communities. Be part of the movement. Redesign your wardrobe with jewelry that has the power to redesign lives.