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AMAZONIA BIO JEWELRY

The Amazonian rainforest is the largest forest in the world and the last big area covered with tropical plants and animals. The Amazonian territory is a tropical rainforest that is located in South America, Brazil.
Bio jewelry (eco jewelry) is made with material furnished by nature. In 2006, I found out about this type of jewelry made only with seeds: biojewelry… and I absolutely fell in love for this art.

Açaí seeds

Açai is a small, round berry that grows on majestic palm trees in the Amazon Rainforest. This palm tree produces cascading vines with bunches of small, round, deep dark red berries. Each berry has one seed. As one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet, açai berries have been consumed by Amazon natives for hundreds of years and its healing and sustaining powers are legendary. Now an important element of Brazilian jewelry, the pit of the berries are dried and dyed in many different colors, and used as beads for necklace, bracelets, earrings, etc.
The açaí is the main food of the Amazonian population. As an excellent antioxidant, that fruit is consumed daily by most of the population of the Amazon. Known by the natives as " içá-çai, the fruit that cries, açaí is also consumed in the form of creams, juices, ice creams, popsicles, liqueurs and grits having as complement manioc flour, fish and banana.

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Jupati seed

Jupati is a palm tree found on the edges of rivers in the Rain forest in South America. The fiber, stalk and the seeds are used in many different crafts such as jewelry.

Jupati Seed

Buriti seed

The buriti palm grows throughout central Brazil and the southern Amazon basin. The word "buriti" in Brazil means "tree of life." It requires a large space, about 30 feet apart, and a constantly humid soil. Traditionally the buriti fruit has been used as a food source. Parts of the buriti tree have also been used in construction and waving. Buriti straw, after it is adequately processed is used to cover houses and make ropes, baskets, sieves, racks for cooking, skirts and jewelry such as bracelets

Mauritia flexuosa

Coconut fiber

Coconut shell, from the common coconut tree is widely used in the entire Amazon region. The interior shell is used in jewelry. The fibrous outer shell is often used to manufacture textiles as well as strings for jewelry.

Coconut Fiber

Jarina seeds

What is Jarina (tagua)?

Tagua is a palm tree from the rain forest. When ripe, the nuts fall to the ground and are gathered and left to dry for about 8 to 12 weeks, after which it becomes very hard.  Also known as “vegetable ivory” due to its cellular structure being similar to ivory, but is more dense and resilient.  For over 200 years Tagua has been used by ivory carvers to make dices, chess and dominoes pieces.  It was also used to make the finest buttons in the clothing industry.  Presently it is used for beads and jewelry due to its dyeing properties.  Tagua offers a welcome moral alternative to ivory trading.  Vegetable ivory is readily available, a harvestable renewable resource and looks very similar to actual ivory.  It offers third world countries a simple alternative to exploiting their natural resources.  

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Golden grass

Golden Grass (or vegetable gold) is a special type of grass that shines like gold, and is found only in one of the most remote and isolated areas in Brazil, in the state of Tocantins. The use of golden grass is controlled by the federal government that determines how much can be harvested each year for the production of traditional handcrafts. Only the local community can utilize it, and the production happens in the familiar system of cooperatives, which is the main program for economic development in the region. Great part of this work is destined to the international market; the handbags have been regularly featured in high fashion events and magazines, such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair.

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