Acai the Wonder Fruit

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acai-berry-branched-paniclesAcai pronounced Ah-sī-ˈē, is known world wide for it’s antioxidant rich fruit, which grows on acai palms (Euterpe oleracea) in Central and South America. Acai got its name from the Portuguese adaptation of the Tupian word ïwaca’i, meaning fruit that cries or expels water. The fruit grows in panicles (hanging branched bunches) of 500-900 berries, making acai a plentiful, and renewable resource for indigenous people in the Amazon.

Not Just for Fruit

What many people don’t know is that acai berries have seeds andraw beads those seeds make excellent beads. The beads that come from acai average between 6-8mm in diameter. Once harvested, the seeds are drilled and polished. Because these beads are organic and natural, size and shape varies from seed to seed, making each acai bead slightly different, with beautiful variations that make each bead unique.

Good for Your Wardrobe, and the Economy

Acai beads are all hand made and hand drilled, by skilled artisans, creating many jobs due to the high demand of acai world wide. In fact, harvesting and preparing acai beads is a source of industry for the many of the indigenous people of South America, providing a source of income for many families, strengthening the economic prosperity of generations to come.

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Thus, it’s clear to see why acai beads are truly special.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About Us in Jewelry Stringing Magazine

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Like many of you, we at Nature Beads love our beading and jewelry design magazines, drawing inspiration from the colorful beadwork and artistic designs within their glossy pages. So we are honored to have some of our unique products featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing Magazine!

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Among the items featured are our distressed and hand tooled dyed flat leathers on page 43. We’ve also got our faux suede leather laces in blue, pink, and green, on page 53. All, our leather is 100% made in Central Florida, USA and we totally believe in the circle of business. Our leather is ECO Friendly, vegetable tanned and dyed with natural dyes is CHROME FREE. Additionally, our faux suede cord is very soft, flexible and the dye does not come off in your hands by touch. You can find each of these pieces on our website at www.naturebeads.com. Jewelry Stringing Magazine ‘s Summer 2013 edition is on stands through August 19, 2013.

 

Items on Page 43 “Get the Look” include our Distressed and Hand-tooled Dyed Flat Leather Straps.

Two Toned Blue Flat Leather Straps 10mm Hand Tooled 10mm FLAT LEATHER, Hand Cut & Hand Dyed

 

 

 

 

 

Items on page 53 “Get the Look” include our Faux Suede Leather Laces.

Green Suede Leather laces

Guava Suede leather lacesBlue Suede Leather Laces

 

 

 

 

 

So, make sure you pick up your copy of Jewelry Stringing Magazine to get in on all the latest beading and jewelry design news, and be sure to check us out on their “Get the Look” sections.


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Vegetable Ivory is the New Black

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                                                                        Vegetable Ivory is a fascinating product that comes from the Tagua nut. Tagua nuts come from the Tagua or Ivory Palm which grows in southern Panama along the Andes to Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

 

 

Tagua nuts grow in clusters and when fresh, are edible, due to their soft texture. In fact, many suggest that Tagua tastes similar to coconut.

Once the soft fruit is removed from the cluster, the seed are dried in the sun.

This hardens the seeds making them suitable for bead and pendant making. The buttons below demonstrate the creamy white color and texture of Tagua once prepared, illustrating why Tagua got it’s vegetable ivory name, since it resembles elephant ivory.

Colors can be added to seeds making these Tagua vibrant shades of blue, green, or any other color the artisan chooses, although not all dyes are created equal. For us at Nature Beads, we use dyes that won’t come off on skin, or when wet. This sets our vegetable ivory apart from many of our competitors whose dyes fade out quickly.

This amazing substance is not only good for your accessory wardrobe, but is also good for the environment. Vegetable ivory mimics elephant ivory in appearance but without the animal cruelty that accompanies killing elephants in the name of fashion. In fact, vegetable ivory can even be carved like elephant ivory. In addition, vegetable ivory or Tagua is environmentally friendly and ecologically sound since Tagua grows wild on Ivory Palms, and is completely renewable.

Thus, Tagua provides a completely natural jewelry component for the cutting edge fashionista without harming any animals in the process, making Tagua an excellent choice for natural jewelry aficionados who care deeply about environmental issues such as protection of endangered animals, and the use of renewable resources. Furthermore, Tagua harvesting is a source of industry for the many of the indigenous people of South America, providing a source of income for many families.

With all these reasons why Tagua or Vegetable Ivory is a smart ecological choice, not to mention a smart fashion choice, it’s easy to see why vegetable ivory is the new black.


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Join Us for a Once in a Lifetime Trip to Ecuador

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If you haven’t already signed up for a chance to win a FREE trip with us to Ecuador, make sure you sign up now! The drawing will be held on July 27, 2013, and travel dates are from September-October 2013. Just sign up for “Nature beads get away” on our website and LIKE US on Facebook and you’re IN. Don’t miss this chance to join us on an amazing Amazonian adventure of a lifetime! Experience Ecuadorian culture from the Andes mountains to the local shops. Go Native, courtesy of Nature Beads and experience South America with us. 


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