The art of working with the golden grass was originally conceived by Xerente Indians who inhabited the region. The art was performed by local women and passed on from generation to generation. Today, the techniques of craftsmanship in golden grass are still being taught, and the handicrafts of unique beauty have extended beyond the border of Tocantins, conquering the markets in all Brazilian states as well as abroad. To ensure sustainability golden grass is protected by laws governing the means and timing of its harvest, it can only be harvested mature, when the stems are already dry and with the typical coloration, this takes place between 20th September and 30th November. Only at this stage are the seeds ripe and ready to germinate. The removal of the grass whist still green causes the plant’s death, making regeneration impossible. Well collected, well managed and respected in its integrity, the golden grass can continue helping many communities to survive with dignity and with respect for nature.
We love to highlight what Brasil Golden Grass calls "Eco Jewelry" because it not only supports local cultures but also represents a distinctly minimalist trait - sustainability. Their designs are beautifully crafted and I especially loved the collection of rhinestone rings. Each piece is handcrafted from natural resources. Who needs 14k gold when you can have something truly unique with tons of character? Priced very affordably, many styles at $20 or less, Brasil Golden Grass gets a minimalist two thumbs up! Be sure to see for yourself.