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embirajewellery's Shop Announcement

We make unique, hand-made jewellery using materials (also hand-made!) from East Africa: recycled paper beads, glass, seeds, beans, clay, semi-precious stones, cow bone and cow horn, amongst others.

Embira Jewellery is a husband-and-wife team, and we started our small business in Uganda, where we both used to live and where we met. Now we live in the U.K. and are trying to bring our small African cottage industry to the wider world! We sell regularly in the Norfolk, U.K. area at craft fairs, festivals, and other events. Last year we were part of the Black History Month event here in Norwich, which was wonderful.

From living in Uganda we got to know many great people who make and supply materials for jewellery work, and we continue to buy from them now we are here in U.K. We are constantly looking for more skilled artisans in East Africa from whom we can buy our materials directly, at a fair price that reflects the time and skill involved in making these beads. Last year we started working with Gorretti, a Rwandese lady living in Uganda who makes the most beautiful recycled paper beads we have seen - they are so glossy and well-finished! We now commission Goretti to make paper beads for us in the colours and sizes we like, so look out for more of our recycled paper designs in the future!

By purchasing embira jewellery, you will be therefore helping us to continue working with artisans in East Africa such as Gorretti, and helping us to continue to help them earn a fair and living wage.

As an African-European couple we bring both our cultures into our designs, and try to create things that will appeal to many people of different cultures and ages. We also have unisex designs for men.

We hope you like our jewellery! We would love to hear from you if you have any questions, would like to find out more, or have an idea for a custom necklace that you think we could help with...

Have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by our shop!

Robert and Sophie

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.