Modern necklace and earrings set made entirely by hand. Necklace crafted with three pieces of tagua nut colored in brown and white tones on a braided leather 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 naturally to the ground, where it’s collected by hand. In addition to Tagua, this fine set of jewelry was crafted with leather and silver.
Under a fair trade framework, Taguarte works hand in hand with small associations of artisans from every corner of the country to obtain the materials used in their designs. This way Taguarte honors the hard work of dozens of communities. Silver for instance is worked by the skillful hands of the silversmith craftsmen of Sangolqui. Meanwhile, leather is processed in tanneries by artisans from different regions.
Necklace central piece: 1.37 x 0.79 inches / 3.5 x 2 cm
Necklace side pieces: 1.77 x 0.98 inches / 4. 5 x 2.5 cm
Necklace side accents: 0.79 x 0.39 inches / 2 x 1 cm
Necklace length: 18.50 inches / 47 cm
Earrings: 0.70 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches / 1.8 x 2 x 2cm (each)