Candlenuts.. does it ring a bell? It certainly does…
I remember coming across these nut beads (oh, by the way, they just use its emptied shells and string them into beads) while surfing in the internet looking for kukui nuts. They are closely related to the candlenuts (also scientifically known as Aleurites Molucanna).
I found that these kukui nuts are native to most Asian countries, widely distributed throughout the tropical Pacific regions. A kukui nut (also know as candlenut) has a very hard seed coat and high oil content, which is also used for making candles, thus its name.
These not only can be used as a light source and as a mild cathartic. In addition, strung kukui nut shells are cut into various shapes, then polished and painted for use as costume jewelry components. Painted kukui beads are then made into stunning jewelry pieces such as bracelets, necklaces, and costume embellishments. Hawaiians popularly use these nuts in making leis.
You can see for yourself here.
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