Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bead Shopping in Lima, Peru

Yesterday was a day spent in a jewellery-maker's paradise. While here in Lima, Peru, one of the main things I wanted to do was some bead shopping. Yesterday I finally got to start! And what a start it was! I just can't resist snatching up all of the amazing tagua (vegetable ivory) in every available shape and colour! There are also a lot of seeds and shells made into beads here.

There's nothing quite like working your way through the shops in a busy city like Lima, with its 10 million people, and looking for those "treasures" that you can't get at home. I came home with a very, very heavy bag of wonderful new stuff (several kilos, in fact, which I know because most beads are sold by the kilo here!). Most of my purchases were tagua, a product I have used before and people seemed to like a lot. I got lots more colours though, and some new shapes as well. I also found some shells, seeds, and stones, as well as some metal products.

Since I got home late last night all I can think about is that I want more! That's the problem with being a bead addict!

I can't wait to get back to the shops and go through the beads with more attention to detail (my main goal yesterday was to get the vegetable ivory), and see what else I can find!

I also can't wait to start making jewellery with my new materials and start putting pictures of the new products up!

1 comment:

  1. Hi!!!! can you please tell what are the address of those shops in lima where i can buy beads from natural stones? :)