Beautiful necklace and earrings set made entirely by hand. Pendant, clasps and accents crafted with tagua nut colored in turquoise, brown and black on horse hair cord. Earrings in tagua and silver.
THE MAKING OF NATURAL JEWELRY
This fine set of necklace and earrings was created by Taguarte, an Ecuadorian business named after Tagua, a palm tree nut that grows in the skirts of the Ecuadorian highlands at 56 feet above sea level. Tagua has an incredible resemblance to elephant ivory which makes it an ideal raw material for the design of fine jewelry.
There is no environmental impact in the use of Tagua. After completing its maturation cycle, Tagua seed falls to the ground, where it’s collected by hand. In addition to Tagua, this fine set of jewelry was crafted with silver horsehair. Horsehair is cut from the animal's tail, it naturally grows back pretty much as human hair.
Under a fair trade framework, Taguarte works hand in hand with small associations of artisans from every corner of the country to obtain the natural materials used in their designs. This way Taguarte honors the hard work of dozens of communities. Horse hair for instance is worked by women who belong to the association of artisans of Guangopolo. Meanwhile, silver is worked by the skillful hands of the silversmith craftsmen of Sangolqui.
Necklace central piece: 1.18 x 0.98 inches / 3 x 2.5 cm
Necklace side pieces: 0.98 x 0.79 inches / 2.5 x 2 cm
Necklace length: 18.5039 inches / 47 cm
Earrings: 0.60 x 0.80 inches/ 1.5 x 2 cm (each)