Natural Materials

WHAT THE BLACK CORAL IS
We take the black coral from a sea bush. It is called “Yusuri” and it comes from the Arabic word “yuser”, meaning “black coral” . The black coral of the Mediterranean is the best quality of all on the planet. It is considered one of the most classical materials for the creation of strings of beads. It is not concrete because, each time, it creates new bark over the previous older one.

WHAT THE RED CORAL IS
The red coral comes from South America. The original material comes from a coral bush. We make the beads through processing.

WHAT THE BLUE CORAL IS
The blue coral comes from South America. The original material comes from a coral bush. We make the beads through processing.

WHAT IS SHELL
This comes from the inner side of the shells and it actually is their inside.

OBSIDIAN
Obsidian is a volcanic crystal which comes from the volcanic lava. A material well-known in Ancient Greece (mirrors, surgery tools). We find it in black, brown, grey.

ALABASTER
Alabaster is a kind of marble, of white colours.

WHAT THE YAK HORN IS
The yak horn comes from the horn of an animal living in Indιa and Tibet.

WHAT THE LAMA HORN IS
The lama horn comes from the horn of an animal living in South America.

STRINGS OF BEADS MADE OF WOOD OR TREE FRUITS
Wood is really a very nice, warm material. In our country, in places where people had no access to materials living away from the cities, they used their very own hands to create their companion, their “komboloi”, bead by bead.

OLIVE WOOD: it comes from olive branches smoothened by hand with hand-made grindery so that the knots are all removed.

OLIVE SEED: very rare and extremely difficult to be made

KESME: it comes from the Eastern Mediterranean, Syria, Turkey and Peloponnese. It is found 1500 metres above sea level and it is a beautiful, simple string of beads not often demonstrated.

PALISSENGUE: it is the wood of an African tree which looks like iron. It is heavy and it sinks once it is put in the water. Its weigh comes from the resin contained in its pores. This is the reason why it is used for the construction of ships since it prevents the water from entering the vessel.

EBONY: it is a bush found at the rivers of Africa and its wood is used for the making of piano keys, statues, musical instruments, furniture etc.

SANDAL WOOD: it is found in India, Africa and Egypt. It gives out a bitter but beautiful scent. It is deeply loved by the Indian people who use it in all the expressions of their lives and as material for their prayer books.

COOK: this is wood coming from a kind of coconut, more often found in Brazil and more rarely in India.

JUNIPER SEED (FRUIT): it is the fruit-seed of a tree called “the-string-of-beads-tree”. It belongs to the Pine Tree family and it is found in the Eastern mountainous Turkey, Peloponnese, Syria and all the way to Tunish. To be more specific, it is the stone of a fruit which looks like a plum. This tree bears fruit every two years. The collection of these fruits is very difficult, painful and dangerous because the fruit is sharply pointed at the sides and can injure. From that moment on, there is a whole process of hand work in order to be smoothened and turn into beads with which the string is created. Many times, during the smoothening process (by sandblast), we can reinforce its scent.


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CodeDescriptionBead DiameterPrice (€)Buy
NM2Blue coral - round large. 12-13 mm55
NM3Red coral root 10-17 mm185
NM4.camel bone with silver design 16,5-12 mm48
NM5Black coral (Yusuri) with amber from Baltic sea and silver -(33 beads) - oval. 14-8 mm215
NM6Black coral (Yusuri) with silver pins. 15,5-11,5 mm89
NM7Black coral (Yusuri) - barrel shaped medium 12x10 mm75
NM9Black coral (Yusuri) - oval large 15-18 mm108
NM10Black coral (Yusuri) oval with pointed edges xsmall. 11-6 mm112
NM11Black coral (Yusuri) with mother of pearl and silver pins (33 beads) oval. 13-8 mm166
NM12Black coral (Yusuri) with turquoise blue and silver (33 beads) - oval. 10-15 mm185
NM13Black coral (Yusuri) with amber from Baltic sea and silver pins-barrel shaped. 13-13 mm106
NM15Black coral (Yusuri) with silver pins - oval. 13-19 mm107
NM16Mother of pearl - round small. 8-8 mm38
NM17Mother of pearl - round medium. 9-10 mm46
NM18Mother of pearl - oval small 10-7,5 mm38
NM19Ebony with artificial resin and silver pins (green). 6x10 mm38
NM20Elephant bone with artificial resin and silver pins (golden). 10-13 mm75
NM21Pearl (treated) 10x12 mm118
NM22Elephant bone - (33 beads). 9-9 mm120
NM23Camel bone inlaid with enamel and silver 8x12 mm58
NM24Camel bone - round xsmall (light green). 6-6 mm38
NM25Camel bone inlaid with enamel and bronze 10x14 mm65
NM26Carved camel bone with bronge desing 10?1555
NM27Camel bone ?val with enamel 9-14 mm55
NM28Carved camel bone 10x15 mm55
NM29Camel bone - rectangular with rounded edges medium (brown). 11-14 mm38
NM30Mammoth tooth 10x12mm110
NM32Camel bone - rectangular large (orange). 12-14 mm55
NM33Camel bone - rectangular large (yellow). 11-16 mm55
NM34Wild rose wood 8x10 mm63

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