Tagua nuts are a beautiful, environmentally-friendly jewelry element.
Tagua Nuts are the fruit of the tagua or ivory palm. Their scientific name, phytelephas, means "plant elephant." They tagua nuts get this name because they are ivory in color and resemble elephant ivory.
Tagua nuts are very versatile. They can be dried out and carved, like elephant ivory. They are often used for beads, buttons, figurines, and jewelry. Tagua takes plant-based color very well, so much of our tagua jewelry comes in a wide range of colors.
Tagua is also an ecologically and socioeconomically friendly material. It stimulates local economies in South America where they export the nut. It also replaces elephant ivory in many uses, so the impact on the animal population can be reduced. Harvesting the tagua nut does not require that any forest be cut down and the tagua palm naturally occurs in many environments in South America, so no rain forests are destroyed in order to farm the nut. Because the dyes used on the tagua nut are plant- and bug-based, there are no harsh chemicals that come in contact with your skin.