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?

fish leather bracelet


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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.

tagua nut bead and black agate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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Manaus is under water!

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New BLOG!!!

Hello world! It is our first POST in the new BLOG! Somehow we managed to wipe everything off from our blog. Yeah, we truly learn in a hard way. LOL!

It is late May, early June and the water in the Amazon Rainforest is still rising up. It is so far the highest record since 1053 and 2009. I have received all kinds of affirmations/questions and answers from friends and artisans co-workers. Is Nature upset or is it global warming? That’s the most common phrase!

Can you actually think about all the impacts caused by the high water? Let us know your thoughts. Some pictures below.

“Porto de Manaus / Manaus Port”

“Downtown Manaus”

“We will build bridges if needed”

“Ribeirinhos / People from the Amazon”

“Over flooding River”

“So let’s talk about sense of humor – the people from Manaus got it!” Even though downtown is a little under water and it has become a great deal to venture throughout the streets, I am happy to see that many people are fine and smiling of the situation. We know the water will eventually go down and life will be back normal.

XoXo

Lilian


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