What Are Organic Beads For Jewelry Making?

In recent years, the trend for organic and free range food has ballooned, and more and more people are new choosing organic products wherever possible. This has developed from a desire to look after the environment and to get closer to nature. It is now possible to buy many different organic products, including organic clothes, organic shoes and organic jewelry. If you like to make your own jewelry, it is even possible to buy organic beads for jewelry making.

What are organic beads for jewelry making?

Organic beads are beads which are made from a natural material and which have not been treated with any chemicals. For example, wooden beads, shell beads, beads made out of animal horn, bone, and amber beads can all be classified as organic, as can beads which have been made out of any other substance which can be found naturally. However, if any of these materials are treated with unnatural chemicals, in order to get them to the finished state in which you use them for jewelry making, then they may not be classified as organic beads anymore. For example, if you had an item which was made out of wood, and you stained it using a chemical wood stain, then the bead should not be considered as organic anymore. However, if you treated the same bead with a wood stain which had been made out of organic substances, then the bead could still be sold under the organic label.

Using organic beads for jewelry making

If you decide to use these beads in your project, you should continue to be mindful of the way that you treat them during the creation phase of your project. If you have purposefully chosen these beads to use, then the chances are that you will want to sell the finished piece under the “organic” label. It is therefore very important that you do not do anything to jeopardize this status. For example, if you are using cotton to thread beads on to, make sure that the cotton that you are using is also organic, because inorganic cotton is available (cotton which has been treated with chemicals whilst growing). As mentioned above, you should also be careful about what you treat the beads with, as this can affect the organic status of the finished product. If you are found to have sold an inorganic product under organic status, you could get in trouble for misleading buyers, even if the mistake was unintentional.

Where to buy organic beads for jewelry making?

Organic beads are actually widely available – sometimes they are advertised as such, and sometimes they are not, but it is obvious from the product description. These beads for jewelry making can be found at most of the leading jewelry supplies stores online, and at many local beading supplies stores. If you are not sure whether the items that you are looking at are organic or not, it is often possible to ask for further information, to help to provide clarity.

The History and Tradition of Jewelry Making in Nepal

Oversized jewelry is often worn by women from Tibet and Nepal. This jewelry, while beautiful, is often rustic, with uneven edges. A closer look will reveal that this jewelry is made, not by a machine, but by hand.

To appreciate the workmanship of Nepalese jewelry, it is important to understand the history of the craft. Many of the jewelry craftsmen in Nepal are actually from Tibet. They fled from Tibet to Nepal when the Chinese took over Tibet in the 1950s. Descendants of these craftsmen continue the Tibetan jewelry-making tradition in Nepal today. Furthermore, many who make this traditional jewelry are women, not men. In both Tibet and Nepal, jewelry is important in dress, spirituality, and life. Tibetan and Nepalese jewelry also protects the wearer like an amulet, and most of the metals and stones are believed to have unique properties.

Nepalese jewelry is commonly made from copper or silver, but it can also be made from gold. Most pieces of Nepal jewelry are quite heavy, due to the quantities of metal used to make each piece. This jewelry is often sold by the gram.

Turquoise and coral are the most common stones used in Nepalese jewelry. Turquoise stands for the sky and the sea. Other stones common in Nepal jewelry include lapis lazuli, tiger eye, garnet, and agate. Many bracelets and necklaces are also made from yak bone.

Many piece of Nepalese jewelry are actually representations of Sanskrit words. These words carry particular meaning for the wearer of the jewelry. The symbol for Om is often incorporated into jewelry. Om is the sound the universe makes as the planets travel through space. This sound has relaxing and healing properties. Wearing this symbol reminds the wearer of the peace that can be found by keeping harmony with Om.

The most common mantra on Tibetan and Nepalese jewelry is the mantra, om mani padme hum. This mantra literally means, hail to the jewel in the lotus. The eight auspicious symbols are also popular symbols in Buddhist jewelry from Nepal. The ten-fold powerful mantra symbol (the Kalachakra mantra symbol) is also popular. Bracelets carved from three metals are said to have healing properties.

Dzi beads, or God beads are a very important part of Buddhist jewelry. Use of these beads can be traced back to 1000 B.C. These beads come in different shapes and sizes, each one capable of serving a different spiritual function. Dzi beads have the power of amulet, which means they carry sacred powers. Some are used to protect the wearer from evil spirits. Others protect against natural disaster, or increase energy levels. Some will bring good reputation and some promote decency.

This culture of jewelry making has been around for centuries, and has a long an rich history among the people of Nepal and Tibet. In both Nepal and Tibet, jewelry stops being something ‘fashionable’ and is also spiritual.