River Beads – Summer House NZ

River Beads


PRICE IS FOR A SET OF 2 STRANDS 126cm each - hanging at 63cm long.

The Imfibinga Seeds or Zulu River Beads have been around for centuries and are native to South East Asia and Africa where our River Beads come from. They have been naturalised around the world and were even used in the tribal wear of Eastern Cherokee Indians.

Our Riverbeads are grown wild in the Mpumalanga area for KwaZulu in South Africa. Generations of Zulu Mothers have used them as teething aids for their babies, they are also know as "teething beads". (but not to be used as such please!)

These tropical wild grass seeds are known as Coix Lacryma Jobi in formal circles and around the world are called Job's Tears or Chinese Pearl Barley.

For centuries they have been used as decorative jewellery and rosaries, the softer variety used in ancient Chinese medicine, Korean tea, Vietnamese sweet, cold soup and even as a cereal crop.

They are natural beautiful, characterful, eco friendly, fairly traded and sustainable and the match nearly everything in most wardrobes. Batch them together, or wear them as single strands. You can even wind them around your wrist as a bracelet.

read more about them in our blog here