Kazuri Couture makes you feel as good as you look! The socially conscious jewelry is a contemporary collection of original designs handmade in the USA with Fair Trade ceramic beads created by women in Kenya. Kazuri, a Swahili word which means "small and beautiful" is an appropriate name for these artistic beads. Kazuri Couture elevates these little works of art to the level of distinction they deserve, while helping to raise the standards of living of the African women who create them. From the moment she first saw them, the designer and visionary Ellen M. Norcott fell in love with these amazing beads and immediately began visualizing the awesome jewelry she could create with them. Colorful and versatile, Kazuri beads enhance a wide range of designs, including simple classic styles, boho designs, and bold statement necklaces. You will find a variety of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces to compliment your wardrobe and lift your spirits. The Kazuri logo is actually the West African Andinkra symbol for independence, thus a perfect fit for jewelry which helps provide employment for women in Nairobi who otherwise might not have a way to support themselves and their families. Kazuri Couture is a 30 year old company which employs about 350 women with a waiting list of women anxious to join.