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Philippine Betel Nut + Biwa Pearl

Philippine Betel Nut + Biwa Pearl

PriceFrom $142.00


A drop lariat-type necklace made with biwa pearl, Philippine betel nut and one baroque pearl. 


Because each type of pearl forms in a specific type of oyster or mussel in a certain location, there are several different varieties, and each has its own appearance and characteristics. Biwa pearls are unusually shaped cultured pearls that come from the freshwater mussels found in Lake Biwa, Japan.


Betel nut is the seed of the fruit of the areca palm. Betel nut is an important commodity in many social customs, religious practices and cultural rituals in the Asia-Pacific. The seed is separated from the outer layer of the fruit and may be used fresh, dried, boiled, baked, roasted or cured.


The is commonly used as a stimulant & known as Asia’s oldest addiction. Arcea nut is wrapped in betel leaves and coated in slaked lime before being chewed as a mild stimulant similar to caffeine and tobacco.


In Tagalog, betel nut-chewing is colloquially known as buyo, bunga, hitso, or nga nga (“to chew”). In Ilocano, it is known as bua, maman or mama.

Many parts of it are used by various artisans and can be used in crafting boxes, jewelry & other wares.


Drop pendant is 4.5 inches down. Choose a choker size or longer length. 


    All my pieces are created by hand and made to order. I value and use high quality materials to extend the life of each piece so they are non-tarnish. Earring hooks are 18k gold stainless steel. Clasps, chains, beads, hoops, jump rings and other hardware are 18k gold filled, pewter, 24k gold zamak (a hypoallergenic, exceptionally solid, firm, non-tarnishing, recyclable, long lasting metal) , 925 sterling silver or stainless steel depending on the piece and material availability. Pearls, shells and gemstones and other beads are natural, genuine, and from the Earth and will vary and size, pattern and shade.


    Each adornment has been smoke cleansed with asta sughanda infused with dragon's blood resin in order to release and drive away possible harmful energies. Take off when in contact with water, avoid pulling wire, and clean with a dry cloth and store in cotton cloth bag (both free with purchase) when not in use to preserve integrity. I offer free adjustments and repairs - see the info section of the website.

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