Ceramic pendant necklace, 'Naapoka' (Ghana)

The Mamprusi people of Ghana refer to their queen mother as Naapoka, inspiring Ila Suleyman to design a necklace of stunning elegance. "I created this design in honor of noble women," says the Ghanaian designer. He crafts the necklace by hand with ornate gray terracotta beads, including a larger circular pendant. Sese wood and red beads recycled from different plastic sources complete the fascinating necklace that closes with a brass clasp.