Seed of the Month focuses on the heirloom stars of our jewelry designs
Each month, Saverine Creek Heirloom Seed Jewelry focuses on a bean or seed to introduce you to the little beauties around which we center our designs.
Late November/December 2017 introduces you to the Turkey Craw Bean.
Crazy name, I know, but a beauty of a seed with its autumn earth tones of tan and buff with dark speckles. The story is that it was first discovered by a hunter in the craw of a turkey. This may be a tall tale since I've heard it attributed to a couple other varieties but we think both the name and colors make it a good choice for Fall holiday jewelry.
Turkey Craw beans were widely grown in areas of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina in the years preceding WWII, after which they fell from favor and nearly became extinct. Now they are the dominant pole bean grown within a 100 mile radius of Cumberland Gap, where the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia meet. It grows from 8 to 12 feet tall. It is eaten whole or as fresh shelled.
We obtained our first of this seed on a 2010 visit to the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in Berea, Kentucky.
TC-E Turkey Craw Bean Earrings
I love fancy earrings but I have a problem with the weight of some of them. This design has the fancy look I like to wear but are so light you barely know you have them on.
TC-B Turkey Craw Bean Bracelet
This bracelet is designed to compliment the pendant necklace TC-N. I used the link in the necklace as part of the clasp to lend an extra little special effect that ties the two together.
TC-E2 Turkey Craw Bean Earrings
I think the Turkey Craw bean can stand on its own as a simply styled earring that lets the natural pattern be the focus. This pair dangles so it's a little showy but still pretty basic so you could wear it with anything.
TC-N Turkey Craw Bean Pendant
I wanted to create something simple to let the beauty of the seed speak for itself. The dark caramel brown fading into a creamy speckle is intriguing and I didn't want to cover any of that up. That's why I chose a rondelle bead instead of a bead cap. And I think the antiqued copper accents look great with this seed.
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