Discover a world of beautifully intricate pendants and beads in deep chocolate brown hues as you browse through NOVICA’s collection of coconut shell jewelry, all handcrafted by artisans from around the world.
"It is not an easy craft. Each coconut shell bead must be handmade one by one."
"Sawasdee kha. My name is Yupaporn Wongwikarn. I was born in a province of northern Thailand where coconut trees abound and people craft Buddha locket necklaces from coconut shells to sell. I grew up with eight brothers and sisters. The family income came only from our father, who worked as government officer while my mother managed the home.
"When I was about six or seven, my father was killed in an accident. My mother took the responsibility for our lives. In order to pay for our living and education, she sold fruit in the local market and did it well. All of us graduated and have a good career.
"After graduation, I worked as teacher in my home town. I loved teaching my students. It is a most superb profession because you have a chance to teach them to be good persons. Beyond the knowledge in the lessons, I have also taught my students about morals. I always teach them about Buddha and my experience about the meaning of life.
"In my free time, I love to meditate and I know about the existence of another world through my meditation. I live by the morals of Buddha, forgiving and respecting the nature of each person. Buddha's world makes me successful in everything in my life. I plan to go into the priesthood but only after I finish my mission – to create treasures and leave this to my son. I have only my son - I married and divorced when he was a baby. So I do everything for him. He is a good boy. In 2001, my son and I moved to northern Thailand.
"One day I visited my mother in my hometown and observed how coconut shell products had evolved. Now the people also craft bracelets, bags, belts and more, while the styles feature more beautiful and complicated floral designs. It surprised and interested me, because I had planned to retire and was looking for something to do after my retirement. I bought some products to sell back home and they sold very well so I ordered more and more. But the quality wasn't as good. I took the pieces apart to see how they were made and finally was able to craft them myself with my own original designs. Now my son helps me and I can control the quality too. I retired from my job and turned to this handicraft with pleasure. I love it so much! It has given me freedom.
"It is not an easy craft. Each coconut shell bead must be handmade one by one. For the different colors we have difference processes. For dark beads, I must fry them in vegetable oil and wash them more than three times before drying them in direct sunlight. Then I choose only quality beads to weave into my designs.
"I was interviewed once on a TV show and they asked me what distinguishes my work. I said that I put my heart into my products so that they will have the beauty and the quality I intend them to."
"A contemporary style of playful figures combining various materials that inspired the design of this necklace," observes Nonyem Abena Ibeneme. She crafts the beaded necklace by hand with beads recycled from vinyl records and plastic bottles. The necklace....read more
Tina Quaye selects vibrant colors for a bracelet of organic elegance. She crafts the stretch bracelet by hand with wedges carved from coconut shell painted with natural dyes. They are separated by sese wood beads. Quaye names her design Naa Awula,....read more
Carnelian centers this bold necklace with its fiery allure. Surrounded by a ring of teakwood, It centers a medallion crafted of dark coconut shell beads. Yupaporn showcases the pendant on a wide, lacy necklace. Its length can be adjusted by sliding the....read more
Yupaporn combines dark beads carved from coconut shell with blue-green dyed calcite in a stylish contemporary necklace. It evokes a cool lagoon deep in the rain forest.
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Coconut Shell Jewelry
Men and women alike enjoy the beauty and versatility of coconut shell jewelry. Instantly escape to a tropical island when you slip a few beaded bracelets around your wrist, or gift them to someone who could use a little piece of paradise in their life. Regardless of the recipient, coconut jewelry makes the perfect accessory for any casual occasion.
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