Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tagua Nut Beads make Cool & Eco-friendly Jewelry Designs That Last

http://www.antelopebeads.com/tagua-nut-beads-s/1867.htmIt's the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swam story in many ways.  Over 35,000 villagers in South America take the ugly palm tree nut and turn them into beautiful and colorful beads.  Tagua is often called vegetable ivory or palm ivory, due to its color and rock-hardness when dried.

See picture of raw nut below.  Tagua nuts have been used for decades to make buttons and dominos, as well. Tagua serves nicely as an environmentally sensitive substitute for animal ivory and can be made into beautiful carved figurines and scrimshaw. Click here to watch our Tagua Nut Beads Video Introduction.

Each unique bead is dyed in rich, fade-proof colors before being hand-carved and polished to a luxuriant luster. Each item has a unique look that upon closer look reveals a beautiful grain. A purchase of Tagua nut beads opens the door to myriad opportunities for creating distinctive, appealing, and environmentally friendly accessories. Check out our beautiful and unique design inspirations using the Tagua Nut Beads. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Antelope Beads - Bead Style Magazine Front Page Featured Design

http://www.antelopebeads.com/Bead-Style-As-Seen-In-s/4224.htmAntelope Beads' Portuguese Cork Cord Bracelets, made with artisan beads that we import from all over the world, are featured in Bead Style's globally inspired November 2014 Issue - page 28. We used our beautiful fair-trade Kazuri ceramic sliders made by a women's co-op in Kenya, our amazing Samunnat Polymer Clay Sliders also made by beautiful women living in Nepal, and lastly our Bulahan Wood sliders made in a small village in the Philippines. Click here to see the components used for each.