Job’s Tears Seeds - home grown beads


Jobs Tears (coix) seeds are a natural rosary bead.  These come ready for beading, they are also viable for growing.

(Mother Theresa's favorite rosary was made from Job's Tears!) Tear-shaped and grey, Jobs Tears grow with a natural hole through the middle and a shiny coating. I grow these rosary beads right here in my Wisconsin garden!

If you can't figure out how to order Jobs Tears seeds through the website:

Send me a check for $16 per packet of 60 Job's Tears seeds and I'll send the seeds to you!

Jenny Hoople
1300 Strong Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
These natural beads are the seeds of a grain plant, much like a small, skinny corn, or a really robust rye. Job Tears most likely originated in India and were originally grown as a grain plant. These natural seeds have been used as a bead since at least 2,000 BC. Job tears have long been used in making rosaries and African shaker gourds.

* This listing is for one packet of 60 high-quality, natural Job Tears (coix lacryma jobi) seeds, suitable for growing or for beading! (Enough beads to make one rosary with a few left over for planting!)
* Seed size varies from about 6-8mm in diameter
* Seed color varies from light to dark variegated dove gray
* The price of these seeds includes free shipping within the United States
* Bulk seed pricing is $150 for half a pound (~900 seeds or 18+ packets) or $275 for 1 lb (~1800 seeds or 36+ packets) which includes shipping

Job Tears are surprisingly easy to grow. A grain plant, like a skinny corn or a robust rye grass, they grow 30-36" high. Drought tolerant and requiring little in the way of nutrients, I've found that it's best not to grow these natural beads in a very fertile vegetable garden space, and that they don't need very much water or looking after. I grow my Job Tears in the little strip of ground between my driveway and the neighbor's! Here's a step-by-step tutorial I wrote for how to grow these natural beads.

I've purchased Job Tears seeds from a bead supplier and they were terrible! All white, cracking, and even the shape was substandard compared to firm, rounded Job Tears seeds I grow in my own garden. Like with so many things, there's nothing like home grown, and once you hold your first handful of home-grown Job Tears seeds, you'll never go back!

* Designed and made by me.
* 5 year Guarantee against cord and clasp breakage.
* Stainless Steel lobster clasp (for secure clasping!)
* Strung on thick, vinyl coated, stainless steel braided wire. (tough wearing!)
* Ready to ship
* Not waterproof: My work is built to last, but the natural beads I make this jewelry out of are water and chemical sensitive. Especially true for wooden beads!

Beaded necklaces and bracelets tend to wear tighter than chain or cord jewelry because of their thickness. Use this sizing guide to find your perfect necklace length for my Surfer Jewelry and Designer Jewelry mens necklace lines.

18" - This is choker length. A beaded necklace at this length will lay just above an average man's collarbone.

20" - This is the standard men's necklace length and the most popular size in my online shop. A 20" necklace will lay just below the collarbone on most men and just above the neckline of a crew-neck shirt.

22" - This will lay just below the collar of a man's crew-neck shirt and just above the collar of a v-neck shirt.

24" - This is a longer size that falls to the middle of the sternum on most men. It's more commonly worn with pendant necklaces, but also looks great layered with other necklaces for that confident rock star look.

How To Measure For Necklace or Bracelet Size:

When measuring a man's neck or wrist for the perfect beaded necklace or bracelet fit, it's best to use something thicker (8-9mm) like an extension cord to find the best length. If you use a length of string or a tape measure, the finished piece of beaded jewelry will be too short.

Already Know Your Collar Size?

A good guess for a men's necklace that lays just above the collar bone (where the 18" necklace is in the above model picture) is to add 2" to your collar size. For a necklace that lays just below the collar bone, add 4" to your collar size and etc.

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