There are many jewelry component companies in the US, who ship natural beads from around the world but none understand the products and ecology behind them quite like Nature Beads founder Lilian Weeks. Having studied biology and aquaculture in college, earning a degree and even teaching local fishermen responsible fishing methods, Lilian understands the need to protect and preserve natural ecosystems. A born explorer and lover of adventure Lilian grew up in the Amazon, and developed relationships with local artisans, while in college doing research. Her fascination with native artwork and jewelry grew as she encountered unique adornments made from natural substances such as wood, seeds, feathers, and even fish scales.
From Hobby to Career
Needing some extra money for books, college expenses, and of course SHOES while studying, Lilian began making and selling her own jewelry to friends. Through trial and error Lilian developed her own methods, creating pieces that came from the inspiration gained from her surroundings and the indigenous people she met in local villages. This ignited a passion that would lead to the creation of Nature Beads. But first, Lilian would meet her Prince Charming.
In 2006 Lilian met David, fell in love, and moved to the United States, to begin her new life as a jewelry designer and business owner. Bringing native beads, tools, and jewelry, Lilian started her website in 2006 experiencing slow growth initially. However, designers soon discovered Lilian’s unique products, loving her South American influenced jewelry components including Tagua nuts, Tagua beads, Tagua slices, Acai beads, and sea glass pendants, among other unique product lines like fish leather.
In March 2008, Lilian was featured in Bead Style Magazine, and has been in many other magazines since. Today Nature Beads inspires jewelry designers and artists to create the custom designs of their dreams, using naturally sourced products from artisans and craftsmen and women that Lilian maintains relationships with abroad. In fact, Lilian seeks out the finest Tagua and Acai from those artisans she knows and trusts to provide the highest quality beads and jewelry components on the market. Thus, Nature Beads continues to grow, serving our artists and friends with pride because we know our stuff, and we provide the best beads in the industry. We continue to grow and look forward to the chance to serve all your natural jewelry and beading needs.