With Spring here and the planting season upon us I got to thinking about my Job’s Tears Plants. Several years ago I read an article about Job’s Tears in the April 2004 issue of the Wire Artist Jeweler Magazine. It was a fascinating article and I immediately became enamored with this beautiful plant.
The Latin name for Job’s Tears is Coix-Lacryma-jobi. The seeds that are produced by the plant are probably the oldest beads known and date back to at least 2000BC. It is not clear were these plants were first domesticated but they are among one of the oldest agricultural crops along with beans, corn and rice. Food was it’s first and most important use. The edible fruit is shaped like a tear drop. Because of its tear shape it was named after the biblical Job of the Old Testament. It was told in the Old Testament that Job endured much suffering and through his suffering shed many tears.
The seed has a tiny natural hole making it perfect to use as a bead. The article tells us that there is a legend that when the Acadians were sent out of Nova Scotia because of religious persecution they were not allowed to take anything with them not even their Rosaries. They migrated to Louisiana where they found the Job’s Tears bush. They believed that the Lord had provided for their needs. Job’s Tears have been found in ancient tombs and it is said that Mother Teresa wore a Job’s Tears Rosary.
Several years ago I was contacted by a writer from the Dave’s Garden website she wrote a very interesting and informative article about Job’s Tears if you would like more information on this amazing plant follow the link below.
I got my seeds on the net I Googled Coix-Lacryma-jobi and found several places that sold the seeds. All you need to do is buy them once, the plants are very prolific and easy to grow, you will have more beads/seeds that you know what to do with.
I have made several Rosaries and Rosary bracelets from these lovely beads. They have a natural organic beauty and become even more beautiful with use.
Notice the difference in the color of the beads. Some are more gray, some a light green and some get dark gray or dark brown. The seeds naturally will vary in color that is part of their charm and organic beauty. You can buy theses beads ready to use with the whole reamed out but they are treated and possibly dyed and they do not have the charm and beauty that the seeds you grow yourself have. So if you intend to use this beautiful bead grow your own plant you will get much joy satisfaction out of watching it grow and picking the seeds as they mature.
Go to http://www.jewelrylessons.com/gallery/jobs-tears for additional photos