Monday, March 3, 2014

Ecuadorian Hands' $40 Tagua Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, March 03, 2014 61 Comments

Tagua beads are wonderful substitutes for elephant ivory.  These beads are made from the nuts of the ivory palm trees which grow in Central and South America.  They are the same hue as ivory and can also be carved.   Here is the latest design with some of the beads Ecuadorian Hands sent me some time ago.


The turquoise and black beads are all tagua. As you can see from the focal, there is a beautiful natural grain to the material.  The durable tagua beads have been dyed and highly polished. Unlike gemstones, these feel warm to the touch and are lovely to work with.  I mixed the organic beads with glass ones for a unique necklace.

It is in my shop - 100% of the net proceeds from its sale will go to the International Elephant Foundation. This organization does much to support the conservation, education and research of African and Asian elephants so they may still be around for future generations.


The illegal poaching of elephant tusks is increasing at an alarming rate - mostly to satisfy demand in China where ivory is viewed as a status symbol by a growing affluent population. Adding to this mix is evidence that elephant ivory could be bankrolling terrorist groups. China though is beginning to join the global push to stop the illegal trade.


Elephants are such noble creatures. They are highly intelligent and social animals.  They show compassion for others in distress, even those who are not in their family group.  The elephant equivalent of a hug is a chirping sound and a gentle touch with the trunk or even placing the trunk in the other elephant's mouth.

Researchers have discovered that poaching causes long term damage to young survivors who witness the slaughter of their family members. They suffer from something similar to post trauma stress disorder (PTSD).  The loss of the family matriach is especially devastating as the group loses its most experienced member and the survival knowledge she has. Like us, elephants grieve and mourn their dead.

Giveaway
If you would like to make tagua bead jewelry and perhaps do your part and raise awareness of the plight of elephants, then  have a go at this Ecuadorian Hands giveaway for  $40 worth of tagua beads. 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, March 10, 2014 . 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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61 comments:

  1. I would love to win these and incorporate them into a couple of meaningful designs, thank you
    I am also an email subscriber

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    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  2. This is a great necklace. Love all the color and textures together. And what a great cause to support. I would love to win some of their beads. I've been seeing them around and would really like to play with some. Thanks
    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  3. I follow your blog.

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  4. Just tweeted about your post, it's cause and the giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/440486330191974400

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  5. Pearl, you do make beautiful jewelry! I love that the beads are made from natural materials & that there are beautiful substitutes for ivory. The colors are great & I can envision all sorts of possible jewelry creations that can be made from these beads.

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  6. I love beads, so I surely take mY chance too win this !

    bollekes.met.gaatjes.en.koordjes@gmail.com

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  7. Very beautiful beads, though I prefer their natural color.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  8. I am a blog subscriber.

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  9. I love these beads they are beautiful and help cut out such an awful practice!

    ninja55_hayabusa55@hotmail.com

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  10. Wow! I would love to create with these beads!

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  11. Thanks so much for bring awareness to this very important topic. I wanted to cry just reading your post. We have much to learn from these noble animals!

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  12. I would love to win some of these pretty beads. I am a blog subscriber too. Thanks

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  13. I have always loved the majesty of the elephant. Such a fantastic creature. I wish there was a way to get rid of the poachers once and for all. I would love to make a necklace out of the beads in their honor.

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  14. I am a blog follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. I have told the members of my bead group about the giveaway. They are excited too.

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  16. I love the cause the sale of these beads create and ofcourse would love to win some
    trish128@gmail.com

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  17. I love tagua products. I have actually visited Ecuador's main factory. The pod that contains the nuts is one o the ugliest things that you can imagine. But having said that, the things they do with the nuts is phenomenal - figurines, buttons, bead, etc. I have been collecting the figurines for 15 or 20 years and love them. That they are a green and renewable product makes them only more attractive. Good for you for promoting them. If you are interested, I can send you pictures I took at the factory.

    Wayne Wiley

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  18. These are so beautiful and I love that they come from a renewable source! I am an email subscriber and I follow you on pinterest now (Jennifer Sparks aka: Fotojennicart). also pinning this post. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/209769295118047603/

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  19. This is a great give away, beautiful beads and also information about the majestic elephant and their struggles against poaching. Awareness and compassion are really needed. If were to win these beads I would make something beautiful. Thanks for the contest :)

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  20. It would be awesome to make jewelry out of these beautiful beads and help with the elephants also. I'm a an email subscriber and have a etsy shop as well and would love to feature the finished product on my shop.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllAboutJewelrybyJan?ref=si_shop

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  21. I learned some things from your giveaway post today. I did not know that elephant ivory demand is on the up swing and that the ivory maybe used for funding terrorists. Awful news.
    zanc@att.net

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  22. I am a blog subscriber.
    zanc@att.net

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  23. Pinned it:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907190198444/

    zanc@att.net

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  24. I have been very impressed by the quality of tagua beads and the imaginative use of this material. I am also very encouraged by the support many tagua jewelers provide to worthy causes like conservation and fair trade. Thanks to Pearl for the opportunity to support this cause. Here is a link informing on elephant empathy:
    http://www.onekind.org/be_inspired/animal_sentience/empathy/empathy_in_elephants/

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  25. What a cool concept! I follow your blog and love this idea!

    elvetter01 at gmail dot com

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  26. Those beads are beautiful and thank you for helping to support endangered animals.

    What kind of weight do the beads have to them since they are made from nuts?

    solimond(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. What a beautiful necklace you have created with those beads Pearl and what a great cause to donate the proceeds to.
    I always listen to audio books when I am in my studio, and I am on my second go around on Wilbur Smith's tales of Africa. I listened to the eighteen books once with such awe and enchantment that I have started to listen to them from the beginning again.

    His tales of the massive elephant hunts that in later years turned into ones of regret- and of so many others of the incredible wild animals of Africa that we will no longer see due to expeditions in the past and present and just overhunting. The need to protect what is left is a powerful thing and a huge struggle! Every little bit is so desperately needed!

    Put my name down Pearl. If I win, I will donate my proceeds to the same foundation. Even if I don't - my next necklace sale will go towards it!

    Aims @ bigbluebarn@gmail.com

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  28. They are surprisingly lightweight!

    Thanks Caroline for sharing that wonderful post on how caring elephants are! I have shared it on FB.

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  29. I love that necklace and would love to win some Tagua beads- I have seen other Tagua carvings and love the feel of them in the hands so would love to get the chance to play with some I also follow you on FaceBook as well so will share your post on my Timeline as well

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  30. Wow! Those turquoise beads are absolutely beautiful!

    I'm a subscriber: lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  31. Just love all of these beads in the necklace. I love learning different methods and products from your blog and FB. Thank you. Michelle davbrillc@yahoo.com

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  32. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netMarch 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I have always loved elephants- such noble creatures! I am a long time blog subscriber.Thanks for such a wonderful blog.

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  33. I love the rich colors of the tagua nut beads! I'm a follower of your blog, and enjoy your postings every day.

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  34. I have purchased a few tagua nuts but not got around to using them as yet. Winning these beads might just be what is needed to get the juices moving. Thanks for the giveaway. Bea

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  35. Lovely work on your necklace! I follow your blog and am an email subscriber.
    cheers
    arienna_elf at hotmail dot com

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  36. I never thought of dyeing the Tagua nut! Good idea! I have used my dremel and flexshaft tools to carve these wonderful nuts. I have only found a few small nuts, but I have seen larger carvings at gem shows. I wonder where to get the larger nuts? It's easy to carve, but it does seem to have that burnt bone oder when carving. I'd love to win some to play with again.
    Nancyrose & Ro's Designs
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/nancyrosenro
    nancyrose@wildblue.net

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  37. What beautiful beads and what a gorgeous necklace you made from them. This is an amazing cause to support as what would the world be like with no animals. I have been a long time subscriber to your blog and gain lots of help all the time. Thank you.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  38. Would love some Tagua nut beads! I have two little round pink ones someone gave that I'm hoarding... if I won this I'm sure I could bring myself to use them since I'd be able to buy more :D hehe

    And indeedie, I am a faithful blog follower :)

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  39. I love the warm look of the beads, but I love elephants with a burning passion, and they deserve so much more kindness from humans than they will ever get. I love materials which are kind to the earth and it's creatures. Thank You for caring about elephants, some of our world's most precious creatures:) I follow your blog, and plan on sending in a few pictures of my work to share with you:)

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  40. Great cause, indeed! I'd love to win some Tagua beads, who wouldn't? I am a follower and did shout out on Twitter and Facebook.

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  41. A wonderful give-away! I'd so enjoy working with such beautiful tagua beads!Thank you for the contest!
    Jeannine Bakriges spinningjenny57@hotmail.com

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  42. Hey Pearl,

    Another awesome giveaway. The beads are fantastic, as is your necklace and it's purpose.

    Thanks for the chance to win.


    victoria _ farrell at hotmail dot com

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  43. That is an impressive blue bead and matches closer to a gemstone than some imitations that I have seen- very pretty. The story made me sad though. I never knew that it was so traumatic to elephants and they have emotions like humans. Thank you for spreading the word.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

    subscriber

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  44. Love these beads Pearl and the story behind them. Already subscribe and would love a chance to win some of these beautiful beads, Thanks Pat

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  45. Beautiful beads and very beautiful creatures. Two of my fav things in one super giveaway. Many thanks. My email is gilldusty2@btinternet.com.

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  46. I follow your blog it is brilliant!

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  47. These beads are beautiful and what a great cause!

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  48. I also subscribe via email.

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  49. I would like some new beads.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. Feedly subscribe

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. GFC Follower.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. Retweeted about your post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/440848082771533824

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  53. I've admired Tagua beads for a long time and would love to get the opportunity to incorporate them in a special design.

    I am blog subscriber (by email)

    Thanks!
    Alicia

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  54. This is a great necklace, I am an email subscriber, thanks for the chance to win.
    doinwire at gmail dot com

    Sue

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  55. It is SOOOOO sad that many people think members of our animal kingdom don't feel pain, suffer or have emotions. But they DO. Elephants (and many other species of wildlife) cry!

    Everything possible should be done to treasure and protect all wildlife.

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  56. Well , thank you for this , I am a subscriber , and trying my luck !

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  57. I simply detest all poachers of any species who kill or capture any animal and also the non-thinking & non-feeling people who buy these animals or their products! What I wish upon anyone connected with this vile process! And the Tagua beads are beautiful!
    Nancy Ludvik, Email subscriber and I just emailed this to several of my beader friends
    mnludvik@earthlink.net

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  58. The bronze and turquoise combination is gorgeous!!

    We love Tagua beads because they can be carved like ivory without ending the lives of noble elephants.

    We're vacationing in Ecuador this year (to see if it's where we want to move next year) and Tagua beads are an item on my "bring back" list!!

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  59. What a beautulnecklace and worthwhile cause.

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  60. I love your blog Pearl! You have an amazing talent, and this is a fantastic cause.

    joaniebaloney96@gmail.com

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  61. If using tagua nuts in my jewelry will help elephants, I would love to give them a try. I'm familiar with their use in making netsuke; I can appreciate the results so much more when no living creatures are killed in their making.

    My shop is Buddhabagatelles on Etsy; email is beadsbynat @ gmail.com.

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