What is Tagua? For those of you not familiar with this term. I will give a brief background :
The Tagua Nut, commonly known as “vegetable ivory” or “ivory nut”, earned its name from its ivory-like color and texture. It looks very similar to elephant ivory, but with the numerous trade restrictions on that, tagua nuts have become a highly valued commodity by artisans and consumers alike. When dried out, it can be carved just like elephant ivory; it is often used for beads, buttons, figurines and jewelry, and can be dyed.
This wonderful seed has managed to stimulate local economies throughout South America. Additionally, provides an alternative to cutting down rainforests for farming, and prevents elephants from being killed for the ivory in their tusks. You just cannot go wrong with tagua!
The tagua nut can be dyed with all kinds of colors and it can be carved as well. Overall, it is versatile and furthers environmental and socioeconomic goals. Artisans from all over South America are handcrafting wonderful tagua jewelry. In South America, women have been adorning themselves with tagua jewelry for years, but it is finally making its way to the rest of the world.
I personally love handcrafted jewelry and more so if it has a special meaning behind it. By wearing tagua jewelry, you are not only looking good and wearing a fashion trend, but you are helping the rainforest and communities in South America.
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