Tagua Bib Necklace
Bold Beauty — Sustainable Design:
A bold, yet simple necklace of hand-buffed Tagua seed ready to match your favorite outfit. Each polished seed chip has a soft feel and a shell-like finish. All pieces are made from natural materials and are unique, with minute variations from chip to chip.
Harvesting seeds for jewelry has occurred in the tropical regions of South America for centuries. In an effort to maximize the benefit to local artisans, Andean Collection provides a global market that affords them a living wage, education opportunities for their children, and further employment opportunities to others in their communities. Many of the artisans described here oversee their own workshops and maintain independent shops. Their beautiful, natural jewelry also presents a sustainable alternative to logging, preserving the rain forests on which they depend.
Dried Tagua seed, hand-buffed and colored with non-toxic dye
berry, bluebird, ivory, periwinkle, salmon, sunset orange, teal, ultraviolet
Made in Ecuador by Nancy and Carlos.
From Andean Collection: Nancy loves creating jewelry and organizing the workshop. In addition to working with Andean Collection, she manages her own storefront in Otavalo. With the support of Andean Collection’s training program, Carlos finished the Ecuadorian artisan qualification course in 2011, which teaches artisans how to manage and leverage their business, as well as providing them with special benefits such as lower taxes. Andean Collection provides all of Nancy and Carlos’ school aged children with educational scholarships.
Tagua pods are harvested from the fast-growing Ecuadorian Ivory Palm, then thoroughly dried before working. This process lasts mere days in the dry season, but can take months in the humid, rainy season.
As these pieces are made from natural materials, avoid contact with water.
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