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A Taste of Tika

Welcome to our blog, A Taste of Tika! The blog documents day to day activities, trade shows, products and a taste of life here at Tika Imports in Northern California! 

New seasons require new earrings, am I right?

Fleur (5764)
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Fleur earrings from the Odyssia Brass Earring line

Fall feels

Malala Necklace (Black) (1919)
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multi-strand Malala Necklace in black and brown tones

Happy hump day folks, we’re halfway there!

Camel (184)
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handcarved camel ojime bead

Tiny... small... original ...
Can’t decide which size you like best?
Lucky you, we now offer 10pc assortments of our Wood Skull Bracelets!

Tika-fyed birthday celebrations are the best! Especially when they honor the Tika queen bee herself.
Happy Birthday to our amazing Julie!

Add a little sweetness to your day with our Honey Drop amber earrings
- pair with a Honey Drop pendant to complete the set

Honey Drop (1711)
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sterling silver pendant featuring amber and natural gem stones
Honey Drops (5721)
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sterling silver earrings featuring amber and natural gem stones

It's been a long work week for these two.

If you need me I’ll be here watching the light dance across this faceted moonstone

Silver Earrings (5696)
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all available silver earrings

What’s black and white and red all over?
Tika’s Treasure Chest Bracelets!
These vibrant stretch bracelets have been a popular item at Trade Shows for years and now they are available on our website as well. Each bracelet is one of a kind, featuring a unique assortment of beads in a variety of different materials.

Mirage Pendant Mandala Monday

Mirage Jewel Pendants (Sterling Silver or Copper) (1882)
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color-changing mirage pendants set in sterling silver and copper

Feeling crafty?
We have an incredible selection of pre-made Mala in a variety of materials but we also provide the components for you to design and assemble your own unique creations!
Check out our Guru Beads and Tassels selection, you might just get inspired!

Guru Beads and Tassels (1887)
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guru beads and tassels for designing your own mala

Our Victorian-era shell Boot Buttons have a rich past. They were handmade at the turn of the century in Muscatine, Iowa, from mussel shells harvested from the Mississippi River. In the 1890’s Muscatine was exporting these buttons internationally and was known as the Pearl Button Capital of the World! These buttons are beautiful, versatile, historical pieces on their own, and the original lace-up boots they were made for are pretty incredible too.

These sweet, small African Trade Bead strands are definitely a Tika Girl favorite. Apparently we are not alone because these rare old beads are getting harder and harder to find. The good news is, we just expanded the selection we offer online! You’ll find these strands, along with many other unique treasures in our Antique Collection.

Ready for the weekend?

~ Rudraksha Seed Mala ~

These uniquely textured seeds have traditionally been used as prayer beads in Hinduism but are also common in Buddhist Prayer Mala. They are considered a sacred material, and it is believed they hold the energy of a recited mantra, helping to support the worshiper in their spiritual development.

In Sanskrit, “Rudra” is one of Lord Shiva’s Vedic names and “Aksa” means teardrops. The Rudraksha seed earned this name from the belief that Lord Shiva shed a single tear after a period of deep meditation and from that tear a Rudraksha tree grew. Because of this, the seeds are commonly worn for Shiva’s protection and often accompanied by the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”.