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    Merck, love that you thought they were a chestnut! Welcome to the forum by the way!!

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    my sources tell me they can be found at the Bon Bini festival downtown on tuesday evenings
    http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/bon-bini-festival
    if so, i will report back!!
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    That would be cool. We've actually never gone to that festival. Just got home about an hour ago and already thinking about November trip!

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    Pegmeister, I found a bunch of information which sounds quite promising.

    Here is one:

    On Aruba, as well as on nearby Curaçao, djucu nuts are called "lucky stones".

    And here is a location where the "lucky stones" aka djucu might be sold:

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    Lucky Nut

    by Richard Varr

    They float in from another continent, wet and muddled after weeks and months in the southern Caribbean Sea. Yet these dark round nuts, called djucu nuts, have found a home on Aruba and are now steeped in local tradition. "People here say finding the nuts gives you luck," says Omaíra Toro, an Aruban vendor and artisan jeweler with a kiosk at The Village, across from the Radisson Resort. The hard brown and black djucu nuts (pronounced "hoo-joo-koo"), which fit in the palm of your hand, originate in Venezuela. Omaíra explains that the nuts float ashore in a hard, protective shell of sorts. "First, I peel off the covering and then clean and polish the nuts," she says. "I then drill a little hole in the middle and string them together." She creates necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other unique pieces, often augmented with macramé and filigreed gold threads. "You can even find them in fine jewelry stores," she adds. On Aruba, as well as on nearby Curaçao, djucu nuts are called "lucky stones". They get very warm when rubbed and are said to bring not only good luck, but good health as well. Arubans can be a very superstitious people and so it's no surprise that the nuts have made their way into island casinos. Many gamblers wear them as good luck charms on chains around their necks, while some have their djucus set in gold with their initials engraved onto the precious metal. The nuts grow on tall trees deep in Venezuela's jungles and then float down waterways and into the Caribbean Sea. However, recently built hydroelectric dams on the country's rivers may be trap*ping the nuts inland. "We don't find as many of them anymore on Aruba," says Olinda Rasmijn, a local environmentalist and past president of the nature conservation group Stimaruba. So, if you happen to find a djucu nut on Aruba's sandy beaches or rocky northern shores, consider yourself doubly lucky! You might also decide that today's the day to try that luck at one of the island's many casinos.

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    Another interesting info:

    Here is a guide about "Sea Beans". I'm not sure if the "djucu" is the same as the "mucuna sloanei" or if they are just similar (they look the same to me) but I have found some links where jewelry made of "mucuna" is sold. But first, here is the link to the guide:

    Brown Hamburger Bean
    Mucuna sloanei

    Also called: Horse Eye, Ojo de Buey, True Sea-Bean, Yeux Bourrique, Z'yeux-Bourrique

    http://www.seabean.com/guide/Mucuna_sloanei/
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    Some links about the sea beans, it's nice to look at, great info, many are used for good luck in one way or another.

    The Source Of Tropical Sea Beans
    The genus Mucuna includes tropical lianas with flower clusters on
    long, rope-like stalks that hang down below the rain forest canopy.

    http://waynesword.palomar.edu/mucuna.htm

    Botanical Jewelry:

    http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0901.htm
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    Here is a shop in Florida who sells "Sea Beans Jewelry". Not the djucu but for instance, the mucuna:

    http://www.seabeanswithstyle.com/Necklaces.html

    If it's not exactly what you were looking for, I thought, it's still nice to look at it.
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    Mucuna sea bean jewelry or just the seeds can also be found on ebay. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the djucu:

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...celet&_sacat=0
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    thank you CK!!
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    Wow you found more articles than I did! Looks like I have some reading to do. I did see an earlier article about the jeweler at the Village but couldn't find it on our last trip. Maybe the key is asking for the lucky stone rather than Djucu. Thank you

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