Tagua Nut Bird Stud Earrings Light Green

£25.00

Product Info

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These pretty bird earrings will bring your inner ‘nature girl’ out on display. A Tagua nut, also known as 'vegetable ivory', is the seed of a tropical tree and it was dyed and carved into the shape of woodland bird.

The earring backs are made of sterling silver.

A great little accessory to add some fun factor to your outfit for outdoor events such as festivals, camping and picnic!

ORIGIN: ECUADOR

MATERIAL: 100% TAGUA, 100% STERLING SILVER

MEASUREMENT:
WIDTH APPROX. 23MM-25MM
LENGTH APPROX. 1CM

 

Story

The Tagua jewellery was handmade by Yurac Muyo Fair Trade Project based in Quito, Ecuador.

Tagua nut, also known as 'vegetable ivory' because of its resemblance in the look and feel of elephant ivory, is the seed of a tropical rainforest tree and it grows in some parts of the South American jungle. Since this alternative material stimulates local economies, it also prevents the elephants being hunted for their tusks and keeps rain-forests from being deforested.

Yurac Muyo is a family run workshop and every member of the family has their own task in the production process. The family specialises in low relief tagua carving, which is a sculptural technique whereby the design stands out from the surface.

After being sliced and cut out into the basic shape, the Tagua is dyed using azo free dyes. Once dried, the final details are engraved into the surface revealing the natural colour of the nut beneath and the piece is given a final polish.