Giveaway Monday – Nutmeg and Mace Pendant

This week I am excited to feature a beautiful necklace made from a whole seed of the Nutmeg by Dara of Hieropice. The Nutmeg was brought back to the United States from the island of Zanzibar. To make the pendant, Dara hand-lacquered them, drilled and set them in a lovely brass bail, and hung them from a delicate brass chain. It is stunning and a great reminder of Nutmeg’s healing powers. Who could be sad while wearing this beautiful art from nature?

Maasai beadwork earrings

Dara is a very inspiring artist. From her etsy shop, here’s a bit about her and her work:

In the Fall of 2010, I moved to Tanzania, Africa, for a month, to volunteer. It was quite a change from the icy tundra of New England in late Fall, and I was glad to go! As an artist, I was particularly interested in the town of Bagamoyo (literally, “lay down your heart”, due to its role in the slave-trade) on the Eastern coast, which has been an artists’ community for generations. I hoped to absorb as much of the unique design, technique, and craft inherent to the local artists as I could, and possibly acquire some new, locally-made materials.

Some time later, I found beautiful pairs of traditional Maasai beaded earrings, at a stall in the Mwenge Craft Market, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s capitol. They were intricate, and beautiful, and very, very large. The style was unlike anything I owned, and I knew it’d be a bit of a challenge to find opportunities to wear them back home in Boston, but I purchased them anyway, from a Maasai vendor at the Market

But I was hooked. The design was so beautiful and unusual, I imagined other women might want to wear it too. And I wanted to perfect my technique, to get the wirework as neat and even as the Maasai artist had done. I modified the technique a bit, and kept creating new pieces until I thought I’d really gotten the hang of it.

After I lost yet another earring from a second original Maasai-made pair, I realized it was the flimsy earwires that were the culprits, and knew modifications were needed for sale to a Western audience. While the traditional earrings were beautiful, they were created in an environment with limited resources and a different esthetic, and I wanted to utilize better quality materials like semi-precious stones, sterling silver, and rocaille glass beads. I wanted to add a bit sparkle, for the more glamorously-inclined woman. I began offering my pieces on Etsy, at my shop, Hieropice, and the rest was history! I’ve been creating new and interesting versions ever since, blending different colors and altering the shape.

The major hurtle the artisans in Bagamoyo faced was relying upon tourism to sell their work, as the locals, who have an average yearly salary of $357, cannot afford to buy it. The minimal tourist traffic there barely supports them, and they desperately need an outlet. They deserve it, the artists are incredibly talented, dedicated, and practiced. I hope to, one day, return to collaborate with Maasai bead artists back in Tanzania, presenting them the new beading technique I’ve developed and new materials, and relying on their existing beading skills to create the pieces Hieropice will sell. In this way, the artists can access a new, solid market for their work, and infuse some much-needed income into their community. With your support, we’ll make that happen! Thank you for it.

In addition to the Nutmeg pendant and the Maasai beadwork, she also makes adorable miniature terrarium pendants! From winter scenes featuring tiny pieces of lichen and white sand to hand crafted mushrooms and other whimsical plants, there’s a tiny terrarium for every plant lover!

“Lost World” tiny terrarium

Dara is on Facebook. You can “like” her to get updates on her latest creations. She also has a blog.

For a chance to win this gorgeous pendant necklace of Nutmeg, leave a comment. For additional chances to win, leave a separate comment for each of the following:

-Kids, you get 1 extra point for being a kid! Leave a comment telling me how old you are and what you like best about Herbal Roots zine.
-blogging about it
-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it
-tell us what your favorite item is in Hieropice’s Etsy shop
-follow Hieropice on Twitter
-follow Herbal Roots on Twitter
-follow Herbal Roots on Pinterest

Sign up by Sunday, December 16, 2012 and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 17, 2012.

Good luck!


Congratulations to the Hedge Wife! The random generator selected her comment to be the winner of the Plant Healer Annual!

62 Responses to “Giveaway Monday – Nutmeg and Mace Pendant”

  1. 1

    That is absolutely gorgeous.

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    Mariah Fern

    I am 19 and one thing I enjoy about Herbal Roots Zine is that it can be accessed online. I live in a community that does not have a late population who believe in natural resources and lifestyle so it is very difficult to find resources to learn and broaden my knowledge of living of the land!

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    Mariah Fern

    My favorite item in Hieropice’s etsy is the nutmeg pod brass pendant! I apologize for my horrible grammar in the previous post, whoops! :)

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    I really am digging the Nutmeg Pod Necklace. It’s beautiful!!

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    Follower of Herbal Roots on pinterest!!!

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    Oh oh oh pick me pick me!

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    Got to check out more of Daras’ creations!

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    Dennis 'Ceinan' Kimbrough

    Shared on my FB page. What a great combo: a medicinal/herbal/magical seed piece of jewellery!

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    Dennis 'Ceinan' Kimbrough

    After checking out the Etsy shop and following the link to the “How it’s made” for the little terrariums I am definitely voting for the ‘Lost World’ Amanita terrariums. I have recently joined my local Mycological Society, and have been going on Chantarelle forays and been falling in love with our Autumnal myco friends. That little jewel reminds me of my new found love.

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    Dennis 'Ceinan' Kimbrough

    Does it count if we already follow you on Pinterest, or is that one just a one-time only, when we first do it? =) Does not hurt to ask.

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    Tiny Terrarium necklaces? OMG!
    I’ll certainly have to order one of those little gems!

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    Her pieces are so fun & unusual. I’d use them to decorate my house, car mirror, &, of course, myself!

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    What a beautiful and unique pendant!

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    I follow Herbal Roots on Twitter.

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    I follow Herbal Roots on Pinterest.

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    The power & beauty of nature; I love the nutmeg necklace.

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    My favorite piece on her Etsy shop is: Terrarium Necklace, Winter White, Glass Pendant on Chain

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    This is beautiful!

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    what fine stuf!!!
    love it all.

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    Oh my goodness–you can just feel the goodness coming out of that gorgeous necklace just by looking at it—lovely!

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    I love the winter stone bracelet is lovely and this time of year, her beadwork items would be beautiful on a Christmas tree

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    New twitter follower of Dara and longtime twitter, FB, newsletter and pinterest follower of Herbal Roots Zine–don’t want to miss a thing!

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    Cindy R

    The pendant is absolutely amazing! I really love it! Thank you for sharing it and the creator with us!

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    Cindy R

    Following Hieropice on Twitter

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    Cindy R

    Following Herbal Roots on Twitter

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    Cindy R

    Following Herbal Roots on Pinterest

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    “Lost World” tiny terrarium is my favorite!

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    The Nutmeg and Mace necklace would be a wonderful gift to someone who is healing.

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    Following on Pinterest,:)

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    A gift from nature made by the hands of spirit. A gem to wear while wildcrafting.

  32. 32

    This necklace is beautiful and creative! Just love, love, love it!

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    tweeted –

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    following Hieropice on Twitter – as @SearchWithVonni

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    following HerbalRootsZine on Twitter – as @SearchWithVonni

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    following on Pinterest –

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    I have never seen something so truly unique and inspired. It’s absolutely beautiful and anyone so blessed as to receive one will be asked time again how they might be able to get one!

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    Haley Pratt

    Wow! My most favorite one yet! That’s gorgeous.

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    I would absolutely LOVE this necklace!
    It’s so bold and unique; definitely a conversation starter ^.^

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

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    I’m in love with her Lost World Mini Terrarium Necklace for Spring (bulb)!

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    I follow Hieropice on Twitter @TheEclecticE

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    I follow you on Twitter @TheEclecticE as well

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    I follow you on Pinterest under Kayla P.

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    wow – beautiful! I would be honored to wear this necklace, and feel the strength flowing from it.

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    What a beautiful pendant that uniquely represents two powerful herbs in a stunning way.

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    Jennifer Holovack

    Followed heiropice on twitter as @JenniferHolovack.

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    Jennifer Holovack

    seriously there are SO many great pieces I would love to have on the etsy site. I’m in love the the Terrarium necklace for spring!

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    Jennifer Holovack

    Followed herbal roots on pinterest under Jen Holovack.

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    Jennifer Holovack

    Followed @herbalrootszine as @JenniferHolovac. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    I blogged:

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    Wow! That nutmeg pendant is gorgeous!

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    I shared on FB

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    I tweeted!

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    I love the terrarium necklace, lost world…

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    I follow you on twitter. @finamoon

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    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    My favorite items in Dara’s etsy shop would actually be either the nutmeg necklace itself, or the terrarium necklaces. They are like tiny fairy houses :)

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    I liked Hieropice on Facebook.

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Terrarium Necklace, Winter White, Glass Pendant on Chain.

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    Love all natural gifts that can be made from nature, just love it!

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