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Maasai Jewelry

Shop from our Maasai jewelry curated selection, handmade by artisans in Kenya. Find your favorite color for beaded necklaces, dangle earrings, statement bracelets on our jewelry store or make a unique gift to that special someone. Every purchase supports an artisan in Nairobi.


FAQs about Maasai Jewelry

What is Maasai Jewelry?

The term "Maasai" refers to one of the most famous tribes of all African populations. In the eyes of many, Maasai are timeless people who live according to an indigenous lifestyle through ancient traditions and customs. They are the only tribe not enslaved by colonists and are idealized as warriors.

However, not everyone knows that Maasai have a long, historical jewelry tradition. Masai jewelry is famous worldwide for its beauty, its perfect chromatic harmony and its many hidden meanings.

What do colors symbolize in the Maasai culture?

In the Maasai culture, colors are crucial. Red symbolizes strength and courage. On the other hand, blue is the color of the water that quenches thirst and gives life. White is, like milk, a source of energy, while orange is linked to the people's hospitality. Finally, green is food and nourishment and yellow represents the sun that sustains life.

Is Maasai Jewelry a nice gift?

Definitely, but you need to buy jewelry that matches the receiver's personality. As we already said, colors have a deep and precise meaning in the Maasai culture, which can help choose the right handmade accessory

Then, it would be best if you were sure you were picking the right style. Maasai jewelry is often obtained from beads and wire. The final result is an exquisite combination of colors, perfect for joyous and spiritual people.

What are typical Maasai jewels?

Usually, necklaces, wristbands, and anklets are for men, while women wear bracelets and flat collars that indicate their clan. In particular, girls use a flat disc around their neck, making them more sensual and helping them find a husband. Then, they switch to a more elaborate model for the wedding and, once married, they receive the Nborro, a long necklace with blue beads.