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ccupying about 23% of the total area of the country, the Cerrado is the second largest biome, losing in extent only to the Amazon. Is present in the Federal District and the states of Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Tocantins, besides covering other smaller areas six Brazilian states. The fact that this biome be cut by three major river basins of South America – Amazon / Tocantins, San Francisco and Silver – makes the Cerrado has high potential aquifer and great biodiversity. According to the IBGE and the Ministry of Environment, over 6500 species of plants have been cataloged in the Brazilian Cerrado, the savannah formations where hot and sub-humid tropical climate predominates. Besides the plateaus, with extensive plateaus, also exist in the region of gallery forests (or riparian forest) and the path, composed of clusters of Buriti palm on a layer of grasses. It is in the midst of this biodiversity is the Chamaecrista orbiculata, popularly known as leaf-currency or minurinha. This native species of the Brazilian Cerrado, mainly vegetation in pastures or unoccupied, presents main stem, branches reddish, flowers yellow-reddish color and alternate leaves leathery consistency (similar to leather texture that breaks easily) and orbicular shape (rounded). By the attributes it offers – as size, leaf texture and beauty of flowers – this plant has been used in landscaping and also ‘borrowed’ their leaves for the production of typical handicrafts of the region. It is that after dried and painted, the minurinha ends up giving life to roses, earrings, table arrangements, door-napkin, embroidery and even bedspreads. And not to harm nature craftsmen use as feedstock only the leaves that fall from trees.Between leaves and seeds that we use on our parts we currently have: minurinha, peanut field corner, guava, paw ox, north of mines, avenção, arruda, jequitibá, blonde and burr bush. The latest release is the scorpion that, according to surveys, were the first arthropods to emerge in the terrestrial environment. In Brazil, there are about 140 species and, in the region of Juiz de Fora and surroundings is considered a pest. The catch, authorized by IBAMA is made consciously, without harming the environment. The technique used to “catch” the scorpions is the “sticks” – similar to the stick used in Japanese food. The authorization allows us to capture up to 3000 yellow scorpions. The making of the product begins by gathering the organic matter and its desidratamento and, when necessary, skeletonization. Next, the material is treated to receive the gold bath (high layer of 18K gold) or OMK (metal based compound of platinum, palladium, copper and tin, with silver upper features will). Finally, the piece is polished and receives complementary accessories as necessary. The result is a dry leaf, gold-plated, immortalized in a beautiful biojewel.