Ivory, isn’t it beautiful? Did you know that organic ivory exist? Tagua nuts are fruits that grow in a tagua palm, the ivory palm. The tagua nut is an important source of income for many Ecuadorian families.
Ivory, isn’t it beautiful? Unfortunately many beautiful products also have an ugly side, such as ivory.
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Did you know that organic ivory exist? The tagua nut. Tagua nuts are fruits that grow in a tagua palm, the ivory palm. These palm trees grow in different countries in Central and South America such as Ecuador. The tagua nut is an important source of income for many Ecuadorian families. Many families are able to make a living because of the tagua nut.
More than 50.000 families in Ecuador
earn a living that is based on tagua nuts.
Why is this nut so important?
You can compare a dried tagua nut with ivory, organic ivory. The dried nuts are very hard and are easy to work with. A polished tagua nut has a beautiful natural ivory color and shine. Due to its characteristics the nut is very popular for making handmade jewelry and arts.
One tagua palm produces the same amount of 'ivory'
in one year as a female elephant.
Before plastic was discovered tagua nuts were very popular. The organic ivory was very popular for making chess pieces or uniform buttons.
Tagua also plays an important role in protecting the rainforest. Many families have built a sustainable living thanks to the tagua nuts. An important factor is that the trees are not being damaged by using its nuts. Indigenous families use tagua leaves as roofing for their houses in the rainforest.
An important benefit of the tagua nut is that it can easily be colored by cooking. During this process the nuts are boiled in natural pigment (made from natural colored powders). The nuts absorb the colors and can be processed easily afterwards.
After polishing the nuts beautiful shine and natural structure appears. This structure gives every nut its own identity, which is beautiful for making eco jewelry. It makes every piece of jewelry very unique.
The tagua nut fits perfect in our concept due to its natural characteristics and positive impact on the Ecuadorian sustainable economy. Maria is the artisan that has introduced tagua eco-jewelry in our collection. She has been working with organic ivory for years and selects the finest quality for her handmade eco-jewelry.
Besides the natural and sustainable characteristics of the nut, tagua jewelry is a pleasure to wear. The nuts are light weighted, have a beautiful shine and feel soft to the skin. Take a look in our tagua jewelry collection for an impression of Maria’s beauty!