About the Jewelry

Sela Designs Handmade Jewelry tassel necklace


Modern, yet timeless jewelry inspired by nature and designed for everyday wear. Every piece of jewelry is handmade, mostly using eco-friendly tagua nuts, fiber and metal. Pieces are made in small batches, ensuring attention to quality and detail.

Design, Sourcing & Production

Pieces are all designed by Ashleigh Becker. She loves pieces that can be worn with a variety of styles from jeans and a tee to a cocktail dress. She loves working with tagua because it is a natural material, hand shaped and dyed by artisans in South America. Tagua is light weight, similar in consistency to ivory, easy to wear and versatile, not to mention an easy conversation pieces that offers a fascinating story to tell. Tagua is ethically produced and eco-friendly, providing a sustainable industry to so many artisans.

tagua nut jewelry

Metals pieces including chains, wire, clasps and findings are purchased from a company that manufactures in Europe, providing high quality products and labor standards. Brass and silver accent pieces are purchased from a retailer in Canada. We strive to buy materials that are ethically sourced and manufactured. The supply chain matters, people matter, and we want to source materials that allow for safe working conditions and living wages.

sela designs handmade jewelry behind the scenes

All jewelry is made in our studio in Manitowoc, WI. Currently, Ashleigh designs and makes every single piece during naptimes and late night creative sessions with the help of one other worker.

Product Care Instructions

tagua seed jewelry


Tagua and other forest seeds are very durable, but not waterproof. Water can cause the beads to crack or warp. To keep your tagua nut jewelry beautiful do not submerse it in water. Allow lotions, perfumes and other liquids to dry before putting on your tagua jewelry. 

You can use natural wax such as beeswax to hand polish and buff tagua beads to a beautiful shine. Typically this can be done once per year or when you feel it is needed. 

The Kara Earrings


Brass will naturally oxidize and darken over time. To slow this process you can store your jewelry in a clear plastic bag with an anti tarnish strip. Avoid getting your jewelry wet and allow all liquids to dry before putting your jewelry on. 

You can polish brass with a jewelry polishing cloth, such as a Sunshine Cloth available to purchase on Amazon.com. You can also mix a paste of baking soda, lemon juice and water and gently clean the jewelry with a soft cloth. However, this mixture should not be used on tagua nuts or forest seeds. 

Gold & Silver Plated Chain


Metal jewelry should be stored in a dry, sealed container with an anti tarnish strip. Avoid humid or wet areas. Allow all liquids to dry before putting your jewelry on. 

Clean plated jewelry with a mild soap or soft cloth. Avoid jewelry polishing clothes unless they are specifically for plated metals as they can strip the finish off your jewelry. Buffing the jewelry with a soft cloth is an easy, safe way to keep it clean. 

14k Gold Filled Necklaces


For best results, store sterling silver and 14k gold fill jewelry in an air tight container such as a small, zip-lock bag. An anti tarnish strip will help the metal to stay clean and shiny. Avoid moisture, harsh chemicals and liquids on your jewelry. Clean with a soft cloth after wearing. 

A jewelry polishing cloth, such as a Sunshine Cloth, can be used on sterling silver or 14k gold fill jewelry. Follow the instruction that come with the cloth and be sure to only use a jewelry polishing cloth or cleaner that is intended for sterling silver or 14k gold fill jewelry.