Jeanette is a self-taught jewelry maker who specializes in crafting jewelry and rosaries from Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi) seeds. Using Job's Tears is not only traditional to Acadiana, but it allows Jeanette to utilize both her love of gardening and knowledge of native Louisiana plants. She lives in Youngsville, Louisiana, where she grows her Job's Tears plants and harvests their seeds. These plants can also be found in the Vermilionville gardens, and Jeanette is happy to point them out to Vermilionville visitors.
The Job's Tear is a member of the grass family and a close relative to corn. In some parts of the world, the plant is also called "Mother of Corn." The plant's hard seeds naturally feature a shiny, lacquer-like finish and a hole through the top and bottom making it perfect for use as a bead. Jeanette works with these to craft jewelry pieces in the same manner her Acadian ancestors did many years ago. She currently demonstrates rosary-making in the chapel only on Saturdays.
Jeanette learned to speak French from her parents and loves to speak the language with visitors to the village. Her bracelets and rosaries can be purchased at the Vermilionville gift shop, La Boutique.