Monday, February 27, 2012

Ecuadorian Hands' $40 Gift Certificate for Tagua Beads

Do elephants live in South America?  Obviously not. But tagua nuts collected there are connected to these majestic beasts in Africa in a totally different way.


They are plant alternatives to ivory with similar looks, feel and even porosity. Just like real ivory, tagua nuts are also easily carved and dyed.  So no elephants are harmed in the process.


The nuts are harvested from the aptly named ivory or ivory nut palms after the mocochas or kernel containing the nuts naturally ripen. This practice fulfills two additional and  important aims - it not only encourages the protection of the rainforest but also provides an alternative income source for the local community.



Those of who have been reading my blog for some time may remember a past giveaway from Ecuadorian Hands, one of the enterprises making and selling tagua beads.  Well, they are back with a super $40 gift certificate giveaway to one lucky winner.  I should also mention, in the interests of full disclosure, that they also advertise on my blog.


If these exotic ivory beads are new to you, you might be interested in seeing how they manufacture the beads after collection.  The highly polished beads come in a range of rainbow colors. What's also interesting to note is the natural patterns seen on some of the beads which sort of resembles gemstones.


Giveaway
If you would like to get started with using these eco-friendly beads, then try your luck with the giveaway. All you have to do is make a comment below. Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or are an existing GFC follower (I no longer have the widget for new followers) etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway,  those will count as additional entries too!  Please say so in the comments.

This international giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, March 5, 2012

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68 comments :

Kristi said...

Tagua Beads are on my wish list, love the shapes and colors available! Thank you for the giveaway!

Divya N said...

I remember the previous giveaway well. After that I even participated in a couple of contest they ran. They have some great beads and I would love to have some

SheilaMF said...

These look lovely - would make a good change from gemstones which I usually use. Sheila

Divya N said...

I follow your blog on GFC and Facebook

SheilaMF said...

They are lovely - would make a change from the gemstones I usually use.

Debbie said...

Pretty, pretty....they look like summer jewelry. Thanks Pearl, always love a give-away.

Skye said...

Wow those are gorgeous! and the colors!! I thought the last batch of beads that were up for a giveaway were nice but these make me want to see more :)

Count me in for your giveaway :) I'm a subscriber, and I think I'm also on your GFC list :)

gelfling50 said...

ecro Oh yes yes yes I would love I mean absotively positutely love to try these out ...So I am all lined up and ready and waiting for you to pick meeeeeeeeeeee..lol...Ty for this awesome fabtabulosly generous giveaway...bye for now and Happy Beading

Beads & Pieces said...

Tagua beads look interesting!

I subscribe to your blog and also follow you on FB.

Deb Davis said...

I love beads made from tagua nuts. They take color so well. I became a subscriber and also am following this blog now on FB

Cate said...

I have been wanting to fashion with vague nuts for severe years now!! I subscribe to your blog and Facebook Fan Page.

And over at my blog, I write about refashioning jewelry as a metaphor for refashioning mid-life.
www.catefneely.wordpress.com

Thanks!

Sally Anderson said...

I've been coveting these beads for a while now and would love to win this! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

JackiesFiberworksEtc said...

I am very interested in unusual beads and eco-friendly materials, especially found objects as I live on the beach. These rings look marvelous.

Anonymous said...

I like very much the brillant colors tha this beads have. They are wonderful for summer jewelry
graciela7272@yahoo.com

JackiesFiberworksEtc said...

I especially enjoy natural and eco-friendly beads. I try to make each item I create a OOAK and look for beads like these. A lovely thing.

Anonymous said...

I like the brilliant colors of the beads. They are ideal for summer jewelry
graciela

Barbara said...

Hi Pearl, I'm an email subscriber, FB fan & shared on FB. I've heard of taua nut beads, but have never used them. The colors are very pretty.

Lori said...

These are so very cool. Thanks for helping us learn something new and wonderful.
I follow you
Lori Smansk

sis5of11 said...

These are beautiful!
I subscribe to your email, and I follow you on twitter and I'm a FB fan. I also shared this giveaway on twitter, FB and Google+

Aces said...

I LOVE the texture of the tagua beads. I'm a blog subscriber and a follower on FB.

Boot ~C said...

I love the shot of the big chunky bracelets, so fun

Anonymous said...

Over ten years ago I purchase a couple of carved Tagua Beads. The work is incredible. Will have to give the colored beads a try.
Mary Lou

Carol said...

I love the look of these beads. The colors are wonderful. I'm a follower on your blog, FB
Carol
www.DesigningIt.etsy.com

C. Franz said...

I would love to be able to make a design out of these beautiful nuts.

mlsjewel said...

Love the shapes and the big, bold colors!!! Thaks for the giveaway.

moonlitfantaseas said...

I would love to win this give away, I have never used tanga nut beads before and would love to try them

Chrissi said...

Love the colours there aren't too many around in the UK though, except made into netsuke so I'd love a few to play with as these look really great

Laura said...

The bracelets remind me of Bakelite.

phummel09 said...

Although the colors are very pretty, the natural tagua nuts are my favorite. thank you for making the efforts of these women available to all of us.. I love to support the cottage industry of developing nations!!

paula said...

wow! these beads are stunning!!! i love the range of colors and how eco (and elephant) friendly they are:)

Letty S said...

I love this Tagua Beads!! I follow the link you share and now I know how they are made. It's very interesting!! It is great that you help them be known all over the world! Thanks for the chance to win!

Charis Designs said...

Tagua nut beads are so much fun to work with! I follow you through email and on FB :)

Dora said...

Wow...those Tagua beads are awesome...Would love to get some for my projects..Thanks for the chance to win..

Dora H

Vicky F said...

Anything to save an elephant, lol! These beads look fantastic, thanks for the heads up.

Cheers

Vicky;)

elena said...

I reaaly love tagua beads!I hope to win the giveaway!

Michelle W said...

These beads are neat lookong. I would love to try using them in some of my pieces!
mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

KayzKreationz said...

I'd love to try some of their beads. I'd seen some on another blog and marvelled at how great they look.

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I follow you on twitter. http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

Nancy said...

I would LOVE to win! Love these beads! I follow your blog & like you on Facebook!

Thanks for the chance.

(via email)

Stepha said...

I look at these every one I am in my gave bead store. Bit they want so much for one I am now following your blog and will be so happy to win. Have a wonderful day!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Karla Schafer said...

I love Tagua nut beads! I have designed with them before! They are beautiful and green! A plus...since I work with Eco materials!

alankarshilpa said...

Those are awesome. I'd love to have them. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd definitely shout it out in facebook and tweeter too. Thank you, Pear.

Dita

http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
http://www.alankarshilpa.etsy.com

kpeebles said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love that they are eco-friendly, too! Thank you for the chance to win!

I'm a blog subscriber and a Facebook fan.

katrina@ecoFashionistasJewelry.com
www.EcoFashionistasJewelry.com

TorqueStory said...

I never really noticed how much these beads looked like ivory! They are lovely.

Melody said...

I love the colors of these beads.

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Melody said...

GFC Follower.

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Creations by Kari said...

Would love to win these beads! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Creations by Kari said...

I subscribe to your blog and follow you on facebook.

Coral Sting said...

I have been using eco-friendly beads to make my new collection since last year. I do like to try this beads as well.

I'm your blog follower.

imprint by eileen said...

I love these beads! I'm not very familiar with them...heard of them before, but I have never worked with them before. Would love to get some though--beautiful! I'm a facebook fan, twitter follower, and follower of the blog....maybe the extra entries will help me? :)

DCullen said...

These beads look awesome. It would be great to try something new :)Thanks for the giveaway!

FotoJennic said...

OOO I LOVE these!!!!! retweeting and facebooking... :D

FotoJennic said...

LOVE these!!! retweeting and facebooking!!

FotoJennic said...

LOVE these!!! retweeting and facebooking!!

Shirley said...

The beads look lovely! I think trying them would be a treat. Thanks for the giveaway!

Shirley said...

I am a follower and FB fan as well.

Elissa R said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win these beautiful beads! I am a blog subscriber.

elissa_ryan at yahoo dot com

rosewendy said...

I've never heard of Tagua before. The beads are lovely. Such bright colours and great shapes.

rosewendy said...

I've given this post a google +1

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Stasha said...

I love the colors of these beads. I love your blog I am always introduced to something new. I subscribe to your blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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i love beads and making things

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angieleb13 said...

I would love to have these beads they are so colorful and dramatic. I shared, pinned and tweeted about it. I hope I will be the winner.....angieleb13@gmail.com is my contact info. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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