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Job Tears (coix) seeds are a natural bead. Tear-shaped & grey, Job Tears grow with a hole through the middle & a shiny coating. Wisconsin grown!

These natural beads are the seeds of a grain plant, much like a small, skinny corn, or a really robust rye. Job Tears most likely originated in India and were originally grown as a grain plant. These natural seeds have been used as a bead since at least 2,000 BC. Job tears have long been used in making rosaries and African shaker gourds.

Vital Statistics:
* This listing is for one packet of 50 high-quality natural job tears (coix lacryma jobi) seeds, suitable for growing or for beading!
* Seed size varies from about 6-8mm in diameter.
* Seed color varies from light to dark variegated dove gray.
* The price of these seeds includes shipping to the United States and Canada! International shipping is available.

Job tears are surprisingly easy to grow. A grain plant, like a skinny corn or a robust rye grass, they grow 30-36" high. Drought tolerant and requiring little in the way of nutrients, I've found that it's best not to grow these natural beads in a very fertile vegetable garden space, and that they don't need very much water or looking after. I grow my Job Tears in the little strip of ground between my driveway and the neighbor's! Here's a step-by-step online tutorial I wrote for how to grow these natural beads: http://www.jennyhoople.com/AuthenticArts/jobs-tears/growing-jobs-tears

I've purchased Job Tears seeds from a bead supplier and they were terrible! All white, cracking, and even the shape was substandard compared to firm, rounded Job Tears seeds I grow in my own garden. Like with so many things, there's nothing like home grown, and once you hold your first handful of home-grown job tears seeds, you'll never go back!

To see some examples of how you can incorporate these natural beads into your handmade jewelry designs, feel free to browse the Job Tears jewelry in my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/jennyhoople/search?search_query=jobs+tears&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5594210&shopname=jennyhoople Grey is the new black!

These Job Tears seeds come packaged inside a cotton-lined kraft paper jewelry box to keep them safe during transport, which also makes them perfect for gift-giving! NO CHARGE FOR SHIPPING within the U.S. and to Canada, international shipping available. Expedited shipping available.

50 Job Tears Seeds - coix seeds - natural beads


  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: job tears, coix lacryma jobi, seeds, natural bead, coix seeds
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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