Ubava Necklace

Ubava is a Serbian name that means “beautiful, gorgeous, delightful”.

Three Berber enamel cross pendants, also known as the Southern Cross, are the focal point of the Ubava Necklace. The Southern Cross is a traditional motif revered by many nomadic tribes across Northern Africa. It is named after the Southern Cross constellation, which guides tribal groups safely through the dessert during their nightly sojourns. The blue, green, and yellow enamel finish is a technique that the Kabyle smiths of northern Algeria specialise in and their craftsmanship is unsurpassed in the Maghreb.

Translucent glass beads in beautiful shades of cobalt blue, golden yellow and forest green give this necklace a vibrant yet chic charm. These recycled glass beads are made in Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana, using a method that has been implemented for centuries which involves baking fragments of recycled glass in moulds that are lined with a mixture of kaolin and water. The kiln in which they are fired is made from termite mound clay and is heated using crushed palm kernels, which burn at a very high temperature.

The hole for the bead is made either using a cassava stem that burns up during firing and leaves a hole, or by using a small metal tool. Once cooled, they are washed using sand and water and rubbed against a stone to polish them. Krobo glass beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death for over 400 years in West Africa.

The round Bali silver spacers and ornate Tibetan silver beads add a rich sparkle that complements the Berber cross pendants beautifully.

This striking necklace is completed with a handcrafted sterling silver clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead.

Product Details

The limelight in this statement Ubava Necklace falls on the exquisite Berber enamel cross pendants. These are beautifully complemented by Krobo beads from Ghana and Bali silver to create a wonderful fusion of cultures and style. Make a statement any time of the day with this truly unique piece. Key features of this one of a kind necklace are:

  • Three Berber enamel cross pendants from Morocco
  • Green, Blue and Yellow recycled glass beads from Ghana
  • Ornately decorated Tibetan silver spacer beads
  • Round Bali silver spacer beads
  • A handmade sterling silver clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead
  • Length: 51cm including clasp, with 8cm chain extension to enable necklace length to be adjusted
  • Pendant height: 3.8cm

The components are personally sourced by Shikha during her travels around the world and this statement necklace is assembled in her home studio in Kenya.

FREE worldwide shipping, protective packaging and a beautiful handmade banana leaf jewellery box lined with Maasai shuka and Kenya kanga fabric is included, as well as a personally signed card by Shikha with the story behind this piece.