Handmade by local women in Kimana in the heart of Big Life’s area of operation, the Tembo necklace honors the work of Big Life rangers to protect elephants. Tembo (the Swahili word for elephant) necklaces are white with silver beadwork and are made exclusively for Big Life by kimber elements, and match the earring sets by the same name. They come packaged in a vibrant kitenge fabric bag made by another local Kenyan conservation organization, Wildlife Works.
Each necklace is handmade with the utmost care and quality. The lariat style can be worn a variety of ways, wrapped or looped. With different hands crafting each piece, variations are expected and celebrated, and no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. This jewelry is truly one of a kind.
By supporting local Kimana artisans, Big Life continues to honor its ethos that if conservation supports the people, then people will support conservation.
Color: white and silver
Bead type: glass
Dimensions: 1”W X 51”L
About kimber elements
kimber elements is unique jewelry that celebrates traditional craft and promotes wildlife conservation. They combine their love of women, design, and wildlife to create jewelry that drives meaningful change in the world.
Their mission is to amplify indigenous women to conserve and protect wildlife through sustainable business and educational opportunities. Currently, they collaborate with 30 Maasai women in rural Kenya. Using traditional colors, textures, and patterns as their defining tools, kimber elements creates lively and fresh designs that evolve out of an ongoing dialogue with their artisans.