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Natural Seeds and Nuts Mixed 8-45mm Pkg of 32

1 Carob seeds (Algarrobo), 6 Orange Chocho seeds, 6 Chumbimba seed, 4 Soursop seeds, 1 Tagua Nut , 10 Job's Teardrop Seeds and 4 Tagua Nut Ovals.

Shape: Mixed

Color: Natural

Dimension Approx.: 8-45mm

Hole Approx.: 1mm

Quantity: 32 Beads

Known in Spanish as “Algarrobo”, it is an evergreen tree with oval glossy green leaves and a short wide trunk which on mature specimens is rough and gnarled. The scientific name of the carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua derives from the Greek word keras, meaning horn, and the Latin siliqua meaning pod, alluding to the hardness and shape of the pod. It is a member of the botanical Fabaceae family of plants (leguminous beans and peas). The Carob tree produces little fruit until it reaches15 years old, although it can live for 100 years with a large tree producing one ton of beans in a harvest. It is now grown commercially in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Africa, California, Arizona, Mexico, South America and Australia.

From time immemorial, creative people have fashioned attractive bead jewelry from all sorts of natural objects. The variety of natural beads is only limited by one's imagination, including polished bone, tusks, teeth, vegetable ivory, sea shells, precious gemstones, seeds and amber. Although seeds probably require the least amount of preparation for bead production, they still need to be polished and drilled or pierced--a tedious and time-consuming process. But there is one remarkable seed called Job's tears that is already polished and has a hole through it. This perfect bead is produced by a tall, roadside grass (Coix lacryma-jobi) that grows like a weed throughout the Old and New World tropics. The common name Job's tears refers to the droplet-shaped, pearly white "beads," and to the biblical man of the Old Testament who endured great suffering. This relationship to tear drops is also reflected in the specific epithet lacryma-jobi, in reference to the tear-producing lacrimal glands located near the eyes. Although there is unanimous agreement that the beads resemble tears, there appears to be some disagreement as to exactly whose tears the beads resemble. Depending on exactly where you happen to be in the world, this plant goes by various names including David's tears, Saint Mary's tears, Christ's tears (Lacryma Christi), and just plain tear drops.

Tagua ("tah-gwa"), also called ‘ivory nut’ or ‘vegetable ivory’, are primarily the dried seedpod of the Tagua Palm tree (Phytelephas macrocarpa) which grows in tropical rainforests of South America. Tagua nut vegetable ivory is found in Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Panamá, Brazil. The Tagua Nuts are Eco-friendly and handmade by a family of artisans in South America. Nuts dimensions vary due the natural irregular shape. A very special plant known as “tagua” (Phytelephas seemannii, Phytelephas macrocarpa) or vegetable ivory grows in the thick tropical rainforests of South America. This unattractive looking thorny palm has an average height of five to six meters and takes 15 years to begin to bear fruit. From then on, the plant yields three harvests per year. The tagua began to be exploited in colonial times when the Spanish settled on the American continent. Since the very first contact of the foreigners with the plant, the tagua nut was used for making buttons, umbrella and walking stick handles, napkin holders, combs, chess pieces, piano keys, letter openers, and other utensils. Centuries later, the invention of plastics did away with the popularity of tagua. And high quality items began to be made from animal ivory. The artists use this material for making all kinds of decorative items: bracelets, picture frames, letter openers, figurines, and accessories like earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that attract the attention of women from around the world.

Natural Seeds and Nuts Mixed 8-45mm Pkg of 32

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  • Materials: Seed Beads, Organic Beads, Natural Beads, Carob seeds, Orange Chocho seeds, Chumbimba seed, Soursop seeds, Tagua Nut, Jobs Teardrop Seeds, Tagua Nut Ovals, vegetable ivory, Natural Seeds, ivory nut
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