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Akola "Debutant" Gem, Recycled Glass and Karatasi Paper Bead Necklace

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Akola "Debutant" Gem, Recycled Glass and Karatasi Paper Bead Necklace
The beauty of empowered fashion. It's what you'll find in this instant sig piece. Crafted by women in Uganda and Dallas, Texas, the necklace features a dynamic blend of beads that says you're savvy about life-changing statement style. That feeling will take hold when you spotlight the piece's artisanal beauty with simple wardrobe staples or more adventurous get-ups. Either way, you'll debut a look that matters.

Design Information

  • 3-row necklace
  • Each row has faceted black and white rutilated quartz beads at drape
  • Colorblock design completing strand has beads that include round moonstones, black Karatasi paper bead rondelles, black disc-shaped glass and round multicolor black and white recycled glass beads
  • Thin goldtone disc-shaped spacers

Good to Know

  • 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. 19"L x 1-1/16"W with 1/2" extender
Drape Measurements: Approx. 3-1/4"L
Metal Color: Goldtone
Findings: Hook closure
Finish: Lacquered, polished, textured
Additional Features: Knotted strand
Country of Origin: USA
Packaging: Boxed

Stone Information (all sizes and weights approximate)

White Moonstone: Round (12mm); mined in South Africa
Black and White Rutilated Quartz: Faceted bead (13x18mm); mined in Brazil


Akola "Debutant" Gem, Recycled Glass and Karatasi Paper Bead Necklace
4 reviews 4.5 out of 5

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  • Beautiful Statement Necklace

    I always love rutilated quartz and i own some. But this one got great chunky rocks. Black and white goes with everything. It could have extended chain with clasp so that could be adjustable in length. But I didnt mind.

    KiKi121212, CA
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  • Absolutely Stunning!

    This necklace is beautiful! The cut of the stones, the mix of the stones are to die for! My only draw back is that is strung on string, and not on jewelry wire. I received a necklace and as I picked it up out of the box the string snapped and beads where everywhere. The necklaces dose have some weight and over time the sting gets stressed and could break.

    kbplus2, CA
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  • Big & Bold

    I came across this necklace by accident as I was unfamiliar with Akola. After receiving the necklace, its all that was advertised! It's gorgeous and substantial. The mix of stones works so beautifully! You have to like bigger necklaces to appreciate it but it lays nicely on the neckline. I don't think its any heavier than other Jay King necklaces and can't wait to wear it!

    sunshine121, WA
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  • Lovely, but...

    This necklace is stunning! Color, composition of materials, and design. Black and white is a staple in my wardrobe. I tried this necklace on several times during the course of two days because I was trying to talk myself in to keeping it. However, common sense won out. This necklace is VERY heavy and I know I would want to remove it long before I ever walked out of my home. I could not possibly wear it for an evening, or for the better part of the day. Reluctantly I returned it.

    rosieMH, NV
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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.