Artist: Fernando Dasilva

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If you don’t yet know about jewelry artist Fernando Dasilva, get ready to be blown away by the beauty of simplicity that is his design style. Using beads, wires, and even our fish leather, Dasilva knows how to combine textures to create one of a kind pieces that make any woman feel beautiful. We were fortunate enough to capture two pieces by Dasilva recently.

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If you’re as inspired as we are, then Get the Look using our chains, and fish leather.

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Fabulous or Fashion Fail

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Fashion is all about taking risks. Sometimes those risks set you apart as the fabulous fashion forward person you are. Other times, those risks are just plain freaky or worse a total fashion failure. Alyssa Milano, Justin Bieber, and Big Ang are this week’s fashion failures, but is it really so bad? You be the judge.

Charmed Life

In the what was she thinking category is Alyssa Milano of Who’s the Boss and Charmed fame. From her pompadour to her neon yellow pumps this look is better suited for a Star Trek character than a fashionable 40 something.

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Hot or Not

In other style snafu news, Justin Bieber was caught on camera again without a shirt.  If this were Lenny Kravitz perhaps the shirtless look would fly, but Bieber believes he looks like a tough guy with his new “I don’t need a shirt or pants that fit me” sense of style. Do you think Bieber looks hot or not?

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Distressed Leather

Leather is huge for fall, and celebs are rocking the leather look in tops pants, skirts, and dresses. However, Big Ang of Mob Wives is officially committing crimes against fashion in a recent photo where she was caught squeezing herself into an ill-fitting top. Distressed leather anyone?

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What do you think? Are these people committing crimes against fashion, or are their risks paying off? Would you wear Alyssa’s jump suit or Big Ang’s boyfriend jeans?

 

 


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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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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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