Monday, March 25, 2013

Ecuadorian Hands' $40 Tagua Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, March 25, 2013 115 Comments

Ecuadorian Hands has sponsored many tagua beads giveaways here.  If you are new to these natural beads, then let me say these beads made from the nuts of Central American palm trees are beautiful!  They are cut into shape, dyed and polished to a beautiful shine.

Approximately $40 worth of tagua beads

I received the above batch of tagua beads for review.  There were all sorts of shapes and colors.  They certainly had the look of gemstones but are much lighter. They feel warm to the touch too and are wonderful to wear next to the skin.


Tagua nut beads are also known as plant ivory beads because they share the same natural hue as elephant ivory and are great for carving too.  They are a viable alternative to elephant ivory.  See more about tagua beads here. Did you know that elephants are still being killed for their tusks even though there is a world wide ban? 

Many designers who work with tagua beads like to use other natural components like leather and perhaps wooden beads.  So I decided to try something different and designed a tagua necklace using only metal wire and beads. Yes, this was a personal challenge piece!


The largest ones I received had very generously sized holes for leather cords to pass through. In my case, the holes accommodated two 20G wires!  I used brass beads and jeweler's bronze wire for this design. You can easily see the lovely natural striations in the bead.

The open design led to a large statement necklace which wasn't heavy at all with the tagua bead framed as the focal.


Giveaway
If you'd like to win the $40 worth of tagua beads to create your own awesome designs,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  April 1 , 2013. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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115 comments:

  1. Would love to have these beads. Thanks. Amy. Alpert.amy@gmail.com. 6176803040

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  2. Pearl, I was going to comment on this one anyway! Your design is very beautiful and has inspired me!

    Cate
    www.catefneely.wordpress.com

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  3. These are lovely! I like the idea of them being so light. I find large focals are often so heavy they're hard to wear for very long.

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  4. Thanks for the opportunity to win these amazing beads!

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  5. I am a long time subscriber to your blog. Hope I can win some wonderful heads!

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  6. Thank you for offering these interesting beads, pearl!

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  7. I blogged about your great giveaway:

    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/2013/03/ecological-tagua-beads-giveaway.html

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  8. I shared on FB:

    https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueUR

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  9. Love the necklace! Would love to win the giveaway.
    And I happily subscribe to your Feed.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Vikki
    vikkivaughn@msn.com

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  10. Wow what stunning beautiful work :-) that shows the best of nature & man ♡ thank you for the chance to win these awesome jewels ♥ atmore7@gmail.com

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  11. Stunning beads and they are new to me. Lots of possibilities for these!

    I already follow your blog. I tweeted and shared on facebook about this giveaway.

    Dixie
    Crosspatch Creations

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  12. I would love to have these beads!
    I am having a thought to combine these tagua beads with my natural stones jewelry.

    I am also the beading gem's journal subscriber ^^

    Cindy Kuo
    www.treecraftdiary.com
    treecraftdiary@gmail.com

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  13. Wow what stunning beautiful work :-) that shows the best of nature & man ♡ thank you for the chance to win these awesome jewels ♥ atmore7@gmail.com

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  14. I have always been interested in these tagua nuts for beads, but so far have not tried them...so many possibilities with these!

    Anna
    info@meadowmuffin.ca

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  15. These gemstone style beads look gorgeous and I love your open wire work design. such matt stones are totally in now

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  16. I follow you on GFC and facebook

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  17. What a wonderful giveaway!I would love to win these gorgeous beads, They are amazing. Thanks! www.CreativeAtelier.net/contact

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  18. I have always loved the look of the tagua beads but never have had the opportunity to try them. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Taerie

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  19. I am already a subscriber to the beading gems newsletter.

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  20. Large focals have always been a challenge for me but my mind is overflowing with design ideas right now after seeing these beautiful beads :) Would LOVE an opportunity to transfer those ideas to reality.....

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  21. kasidor@comcast.netMarch 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    No-YOU are awesome! With groggy eyes and coffee cup almost securely in hand, I literally start my day reading your blog. Your continually stupendous designs are so much inspiration to me. You force me to try more difficult designs,
    (because I WANT THAT
    GORGEOUS THINGIE that you just made!)) so I have been able to stretch my skills to become a much better beader! Thank you.

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  22. Wow Gorgeous colours don't see these beads much in the UK-tend to have to buy online, which isn't always ideal as colours don't always match the ones that you think they will- but it still can be interesting if you get that at the design stage as you can add subtle variations in colour to your design that you are making

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  23. I saw some beautiful tagua designs over the weekend and would love to try these out!
    emily.ederer7@gmail.com

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  24. I love to work with tagua nut beads! I've made several necklaces with them and find them fun to work with, but also fun to sell to other jewelry makers (when I was in beading retail). I would love to win this batch of nut beads because they are so much fun to work with. I am a regular subscriber to your blog and will post on Facebook. Terri Bidwell terri@bidwells.us

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  25. Oh how exciting! Thank you for the opportunity! I really like your statement necklace!
    JQ from heartsonfibre.blogspot.com

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  26. Tagua is a wonderful material and beautiful. It would be great to win this !!! Thanks, enjoy your blog very much. Linda
    talktolindac@gmail.com

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  27. I would love to try them out!
    Nancy
    nancysopp@gmail.com

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  28. I have been eyeing tagua nut beads for purchase for several months since I first saw them. Love their versatility. Been waiting for some extra money to order some. Think they look great!

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  29. Have been admiring the tagua nut beads since I first saw them. Love their versatility and light weight. Have been waiting for the extra income to buy some. Can't wait to find some to try.

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  30. I would love to win these beads...I've been wanting to try them!
    metalhead195817@gmail.com

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  31. Very pretty colors.
    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I've seen these interesting beads before and was fascinated. Made a note to look into them. Would love to have these to work with. Thank you for the opportunity. Jackie Wenner essenceartist@gmail.com

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  33. Great giveaway! Love the colors and shapes!
    pupton58 at gmail dot com

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  34. Oooooh! Those are so cool! I would love to experiment with these.

    lerandia@yahoo.com

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  35. These are so beautiful. I love how lightweight they are. Would love to win!

    erin dot h dot norris at gmail dot com.

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  36. I love the necklace you designed! I would also love a chance to work with these wonderful beads.

    bysalla at gmail dot com

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  37. I love them! I love natural jewelry.
    mishqueen at hotmail (you know the end).

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  38. I follow you on Google Reader (snif! And something else soon...)

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  39. kpdutyandmore@att.netMarch 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I love color! These are great!

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  40. I love the organic look and feel of Tigua beads. Wish I had purchased some when I was in Columbia. Nice use of Tagua bead as a focal.

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  41. Tagua is so versatile! They dye so beautifully and if you carve them you get the white flesh of the nut coming through for a great look! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  42. love these beads! jrgkuhn@gmail.com

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  43. I've seen these beads before already made into jewelry at a store but never singly. I love to be able to add a large bead with color that is lightweight. Your statement piece is gorgeous!

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  44. I've been wanting to see these in person for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  45. I absolutely love your design. It is just my style. I would love to win some Tagua beads. Thank you for the giveaway offer!

    zanc@att.net

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  46. P Buchannan@aol.comMarch 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I've heard of these before but haven't seen one used. Huge focal that's light....I could find many uses for something like that. Thanks for bringing these to my attention.

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  47. I have always wanted to try these kinds of beads in my pieces but never had a chance to.

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  48. These beads are really interesting, thank you for this giveaway.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  49. I am a blog subscriber.

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  50. Beautiful beads! Thanks for offering this giveaway.

    ddmjudd@aol.com

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  51. Tagua beads are so pretty and I love the variety of colors! I follow you by email, on Pinterest and on FB :)

    charisdesigns@hotmail.com

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  52. lovely kimwehrman @ gmail . com ;-) thanks for the opportunity

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  53. Those tagua beads are beautiful, and your necklace design is very unique.

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  54. Love the colors/love the lightness of these wonderful beads! What I could do with them!

    Nancy L
    mnludvik@earthlink.net

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  55. Oh these are beautiful and I love a bead with a story behind!

    www.vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie

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  56. I've never worked with this product before, but would love to try it! Thanks, Janet

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  57. I find these beads so interesting and love the look of them. Thank you for hosting another great giveaway.
    shirlee1122@yahoo.ca

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  58. I've never heard of these beads before. Thanks for the education and for the giveaway! They are lovely beads.

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  59. I follow your blog via email. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  60. Lovely!
    Thank you Pearl for such great work. The way you share eco ivory tagua beads with your readers is just great!

    Your friends in Ecuador,

    www.beads.EcuadorianHands.com

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  61. I love Tagua beads and have used them before in my designs! Thanks for the chance!!

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  62. What fun I could have with these beads?! Pearl, I love the necklace you created with the tagua focal. Beautiful wire work & creative design. I'd love to come up with designs using these great beads!

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  63. Wow! What a beautifully irresistible necklace.Would love to try using these beads. Keep up the good work.
    Susan from
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  64. I love the look of these beads and would love to try some. Thanks

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  65. Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/316301156924133377

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  66. Maria Mercedes GonzalezMarch 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I use tagua beads to make many projects as bracelets, rings and so on, the more you use them more bright they are.

    Via email

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  67. I love tagua seeds, they have so many uses!

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  68. These beads look amazing and I would love have the chance to use them in my jewellery. I am an email subscriber, have shared on Facebook and posted an alert on my website.

    Gail
    http://gailsays.com

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  69. Thank you so much for an opportunity to win these!

    www.Etsy.com/shop/alexandrathegreat

    hel_norse_goddesses@Yahoo.com

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  70. Hey Pearl,

    Your necklace is a cracker, love the style. Thanks for the chance to win the beads.

    Cheers

    Vicky :) victoria_farrell at hotmail dot com

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  71. Love these beads, such vibrant colors!! Sustainable, too!
    Would love to win!

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  72. What a wonderful design Pearl! I've not had the chance to use this bead yet, so I'd love to win. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  73. Those tagua nut beads are awesome! I've not used any in my designs before but now I can't wait to try them out. Thanks for the chance to win such a fab giveaway!

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  74. trish128@gmail.com
    Would love to win these beads, haveused them for buttons and they are beautiful

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  75. I have worked with these type of beads in the past and LOVE THEM! I sure hope to win the drawing. :)
    www.facebook.com/hennaladykim

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  76. Pearl,
    The necklace is lovely,Would love to win the tagua beads,they are stunning,I am an e-mail subscriber
    Rose ,rovin79g@hotmail.com

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  77. I'd never heard of Tagua beads. They are lovely.
    Of course I would love to win. Thank you for so much interesting information.

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  78. I've never seen these lovely beads before, thanks for the chance to win
    doindigital at gmail dot com

    Sue : )

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  79. I would LOVE to get my hands on a few of these beads. Heck, I would LOVE to just be able to see and touch one of these beads. They look AWESOME.

    I've read about these beads before in one of your posts.

    Alas, since I am a part time employee with a rather LARGE retailer, I can't afford to buy any new beads.

    I follow you on facebook, and subscribe to your blog.

    Createdbywendy@ aol . com

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  80. I love the larger, full size tagua beads. And the colors are very nice as well. So pretty. It would be great to get some to work with!! Very dramatic! I checked out the home page for the beads and it was so interesting.

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  81. beautiful, natural and eco friendly - perfect :)
    wendy.withdimples@googlemail.co.uk

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  82. I love the Tagua beads . Have seen the when browsing the net but didnt know what they were made of . So thanks for sharing the lovely design. Wish I would win them and have a try at creating something out of them too !

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  83. Beautiful colors. Would like to try tagua beads.

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  84. I'd LOVE to try to work with thies beads they look so gourgous and colorfull . I fallow your blog & i love it !!
    Ivygodess0106@yahoo.com

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  85. Your design is beautiful!
    I would love a chance to win these beads. Thanks for this opportunity!!
    Dawn McCreary

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  86. The colors of these beads are beautiful! I would love to experiment with them.

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  87. Love this type of bead -- a RENEWABLE SOURCE -- glad to see you featuring them.

    Jan

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  88. I'm new to making Jewelry. I have never seen Tagua Beads. They are beautiful.

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  89. Thank you for adding me to your site. I am a new beginner in making bead jewelry. I found your site to so very interesting and beautiful. I hope one day to make a necklace like this with these Tagua beads. Veta........email bovese@toast.net.

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  90. Love these beads! oh fingers crossed I win!

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  91. Really wonderful these beads. I would really like to use them!
    blog: http://annalenacolombo.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/tagua-beads/
    mail: annalena.colombo@hotmail.it

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  92. Thanks for this post, Pearl. I have blogged, facebooked and twitted about this incredible give away to the
    whole world. Check out my blog. Dita

    http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

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  93. Thank you for this post, Pearl. I have blogged, Face booked and twitted this to the whole world. Check out my blog at http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

    Dita

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  94. Those beads are amazing!!I read all about them in the Ecuadorian Hands' site.Using seeds to make so beautifull beads is very creative!

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  95. I have worked with tagua beads and love them. So lightweight. Check out my blog at http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

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  96. Just looking at them gives me a warm feeling. The colours are wonderful and I can imagine the warmth of the beads in a necklace as it lays around my neck and as I clasp it in my hand.

    Beautiful.

    bigbluebarn@gmail.com

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  97. pretty pretty pretty pretty !!

    solarride.rivernik[at]gmail.com

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  98. so colorful and tempting, trying my luck

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  99. I would LOVE to win these beads!
    If anyone in the UK would like to buy some of the handmade tagua bead necklaces and earrings I'm selling currently have a look on ebay (UK)!

    Thanks! Nathalie

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/natrsd

    its-just-nat@hotmail.com

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  100. My cousin was the first in the family to use tagua nut vegetable ivory beads in her work. I've been wanting to get my hands on some ever since! If this comment affords me the opportunity to do so, I will be hoppin' ready to give my design wings free reign to use them! Thank you!

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  101. What fun beads. I can think of tons of fun projects to make with these. Love 'em! Going to subscribe to your feed too -- so glad I found you!

    jenn.silva@yahoo.com

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  102. Superb beads i did not now about them I would love to win some.

    iepuras_lop@yahoo.com

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  103. What beautiful beads! I would so love to win! Pretty please count me in! Thanks!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  104. Oh, awesome giveaway, I have been eyeing the Tagua beads for some time now!

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  105. would love to win these beads, they look great. thanks Neva
    nevajune1@comcast.net

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  106. love the tagua! i have a collection of tagua animal carvings!

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  107. How pretty are these. wjeany@outlook.com

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