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Heirloom jewelry not just from gold and gems

Debra Groat of Saverine Creek Heirlooms displays the many varieties of heirloom seeds and beans that she collects, grows and harvests to use in her jewelry. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press)
Debra Groat of Saverine Creek Heirlooms displays the many varieties of heirloom seeds and beans that she collects, grows and harvests to use in her jewelry. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press)
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“Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” — Henry David Thoreau DETROIT — Purple and orange. Mottled and speckled. Blue kernels dangling from silver chains. Show Debra Groat a seed, and she’ll show you a wonder. “Without those seeds,” she says, “I would just be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who make jewelry.” The heirloom seeds that Groat grows and crafts into art represent ...


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