What’s Your Style

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Style is a choice. It is a reflection of who we are and what we think. We use fashion and style to define ourselves, and our own unique personalities. Some of us are Bohemian flower children, others are classically beautiful, some are sporty, some are preppy, and some of us are just plain wild. Whatever your style, there’s a designer who represents you, and a bead style or leather that suits you.

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Bohemian style is hippie chic. Prints, flowers, and flowing fabrics represent the boho lifestyle. Inspired by the fashion of the 1960′s and 1970′s as well as the Romani or Gypsy culture, clothing is typically made from natural fibers, and is made for comfort and movement. Outfits typically include layering, loose peasant blouses, maxi dresses, and headbands or hair ornaments. The key words when talking about Bohemian style are versatile, relaxed and natural. Designers like Nicole Richie and Nicole Miller and stylists like Rachel Zoe represent this style. Accessories are also worn in layers and include, chains coins, beads, leather, feathers, bone, and wood. Get the look with necklaceour chains, beads, and fasteners, and check out our scarves.

 

 

 

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Classic Beauty

When one thinks of classic beauty women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly come to mind. This style is elegant and feminine. Designer Christian Dior captures Classic Beauty with his structured pieces in silhouettes that magnify the feminine shape and define the waist. Classic beauty is glamorous, but in a way that says beauty not flash. Accessories are simple and often make a statement.

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Get the look with our Tagua Nut beads and Faux Suede cords, and create the statement piece of your dreams.

 

 

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Sporty Shorty

The sporty look is active, and on-the-go. These women aren’t afraid to sweat and need clothes that move with them, and their active lifestyle. Designers like  Tommy Hilfiger, and Alexander Wang offer sporty style. The sporty woman is a little bit tom-boy and a whole of fierce. Accessories are simple and don’t impede the sporty woman’s ability to get moving. Swapping out sweat bands for a leather cuff work well for the sporty woman.

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Get the look with one of our killer leather straps and fasteners.

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The wild child likes to take risks with fashion, and isn’t afraid of animal prints and neon colors in various fabrics including fur, polyester, leather, and even tulle. Creative goddess and designer Betsy Johnson personifies the wild child look.

In terms of accessories anything goes from an unusual hat to a bold piece of jewelry, to spikes. The wild child is truly avant-garde, and isn’t afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and beading.

 

 

This amazing piece by Sherry Hutchison Serafini exemplifies the wild child sense of style. Get the look using our chains and fish leather.

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What’s your sense of style? Are you Bohemian, Classic, Sporty, or Wild?


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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.

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

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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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Gaga for a Man in a Suit, Gucci does Men’s Wear Right

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We at Nature Beads know a thing or two about fashion and style. Both Men and Women deserve to look their best. We pull inspiration from the great designers including Lanvin, Gucci, Versace, etc. and we are obsessed with Gucci’s fall collection for men. Their use of color for men this fall includes muted shades of green and cranberry reds in fabulous coats and jackets that really make these men pop on the runway.

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beadsTell me this look isn’t smoking hot! We love the fur trim, the lush shades of red, and the slim fit of the grey pants. We’re so inspired by this look that we’ve already begun using these color palates in our beads

We’re also loving Gucci’s suits for Fall 2013. Mixing textures is big this fall, mixing wool with satin and suede with fur. We love the textures and slim cut of this suit, with its impeccable tailoring that really fits and flatters. We’re inspired by textures too, and are loving our fish leather products right now.

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Let’s talk fashion. What designers get your motor running? Tell us what you think. Are you as gaga for a man in a suit as we are?


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Who is Lilian Weeks and Why Choose Nature Beads

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TAGUA NUTS SOFT-3There 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 ACAI BEADS-1began 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.

New Beginnings

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.

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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.


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We LOVE Fashion Fall 2013

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At Nature Beads, we LOVE fashion! We are obsessed with what’s hot, and what you’re going to want to wear, so today we’re letting you in on the hot colors for fall 2013. Designers are loving shades of grey, ivory, nude, khaki, and chocolate for neutral bases this year. We’re loving the contrast of vibrant colored beads and pendants in shades like cranberry, peacock blue, and even orange against these neutrals for a pop of color.

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Designers are also using color this year in unexpected ways. Muted shades of green and pink are still hot, while vibrant colors such as yellow, fuchsia, tangerine, cobalt, and peacock are on trend for this fall. We like the idea of mixing contrasting colors using our accessories for visual interest like wearing  rust colored beads with our fuchsia outfits.

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Can’t Get Enough of that Beautiful Stuff

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We can’t overstate the awesome talent that is Sherry Hutchison Serafini! Her designs are not only beautiful, but original, unique, and incredibly special. With beads, chains, and fish leather, her creations awe and inspire. Isn’t this necklace dreamy?

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More Amazing Artistry from Sherry Hutchison Serafini

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Sherry Hutchison Serafini is a visionary jewelry designer and artist. We are not just in Like, we are in LOVE with this cool design. We can’t get enough of her bold style and unique take on fashion. Here’s looking at you. eye piece


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Artist: Sherry Hutchison Serafini

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We can’t get enough of artist and jewelry designer Sherry Hutchison Serafini. Her creativity knows no boundaries and we are so proud to provide her with the fish leather needed to create some of her amazing designs. Don’t you want one of these?

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Artist: Rachel Grewe Kantner

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We love our artist friends at Nature Beads, and wanted to show off some of their amazing work using our products. For example, artist Rachel Grewe Kantner created this beautiful necklace using the star fruit tagua nut bead and black agate beads.

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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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