This elegant beaded ring is handwoven of high quality cream and pearl glass beads and 2 single rows of 24K gold-plated glass beads, for extra class. Handcrafted using flat glass beads for maximum comfort and flexibility.
This ring is handmade by one of Sidai Designs' 120 mainly female Maasai beaders in Tanzania. With different hands crafting each piece, no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. We celebrate the uniqueness and differences between them, making them truly one of a kind.
Traditionally symbolizing beauty and prosperity, beadwork has held an essential place in Maasai culture and is typically passed down through the generations by women.
In between chores, young girls in the village would sit next to their mother and watch as she handcrafted everyday and ceremonial adornments to either wear or sell.
As the Maasai’s pastoral lands are encroached upon and families move closer to urban areas, subtle changes in traditional garb highlight the transition of this tribe. Previously time-honored Maasai beadwork is being swapped out for cheap imported plastic bangles. This decline in appreciation for beadwork by Maasai youth could result in traditional skills being lost forever.
Sidai Designs' mission is to preserve this age-old Maasai tradition through sustainable employment for Maasai women. By using its knowledge of modern and timeless design to enhance Maasai beadwork, Sidai creates stunning pieces to be worn or displayed in homes worldwide; ultimately inspiring a new generation of beaders.
We also have this ring with grey or black beads, as well as another black variant.