I work with artisans that live in area in Brazil called Jalapao, state of Tocantins. It's a rural area, and these women use sustainable practices to craft the pieces of golden grass. They need a special environmental license to be allowed to work with Golden Gras, regulating its harvest seasonally.
(Pronounced: Ah-si-ee) Its harvest is mostly in northern Brazil. The berries are harvested with no harm to the trees, and prepared in a long, labor intensive process done by the artisans, including dyed and sun dried, all very natural processes. This makes the seeds durable, safe and resistant enough to be used as jewelry.