Rich Colors from Some Sophisticated Beads:
Handmade, hand-dyed acai beads comprise one of the most compliment-fetching pieces you're sure to have in your collection. Go with one of the cool, uniform hues to pair with seasonal whims, or show your fun side and go with the rich hues of the multicolor necklace. Either way, each piece is unique, with natural variations and beautiful intricacies.
Harvesting seeds for jewelry has occurred in the tropical regions of South America for centuries. In an effort to maximize the benefit to local artisans, Andean Collection provides a global market that affords them a living wage, education opportunities for their children, and further employment opportunities to others in their communities. Many of the artisans described here oversee their own workshops and maintain independent shops. Their beautiful, natural jewelry also presents a sustainable alternative to logging, preserving the rain forests on which they depend.
Acai beads, hand-buffed and colored with non-toxic dye, mixed with beads made from the seeds of the Pambil palm.
multicolor, salmon, sea green, ultraviolet
Made in Ecuador by Nancy and Carlos.
From Andean Collection: Nancy loves creating jewelry and organizing the workshop. In addition to working with Andean Collection, she manages her own storefront in Otavalo. With the support of Andean Collection’s training program, Carlos finished the Ecuadorian artisan qualification course in 2011, which teaches artisans how to manage and leverage their business, as well as providing them with special benefits such as lower taxes. Andean Collection provides all of Nancy and Carlos’ school aged children with educational scholarships.
Apart from the popularity of acai fruit, back home in Ecuador the leaves of the acai palm are used for woven crafts such as hats and baskets. The seeds, meanwhile, make for beautiful, consistent beads with a smooth, sometimes wood-like appearance.
The Pambil palm is a canopy tree topping 100 feet tall and is central to Peruvian and Ecuadorian people, who use the wood for houses and the broad leaves for thatching. The seeds of the palm fruit are used to make the small beads used in this jewelry.
As these pieces are made from natural materials, avoid contact with water.
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