The Tagua Nut

 Tagua Nut botanical drawing Tagua Nut dyed beads Tagua Nut Pod
The tagua nut is the signature material of our ethical jewellery
Also known as vegetable ivory, the tagua seeds are the product of the tagua palm, which grows in the northwest areas of South America. The seeds are collected after falling naturally from the palm so not damage is caused to the mature tree.

When the tagua nuts dry they become very hard and their colour and consistency resembles that of ivory. The use of the Tagua nut is an alternative to Ivory which encourages the growth and maintenance of the Tagua Palms. It provides an alternative to cutting down rainforests for farming and promotes the reforestation and preservation of the rain forests, stimulating the local economies and microenterprises in South America.  

Our tagua accessories are produced under a rigorous sustainable process, where the artisans thrive in a healthy environment and are paid fair wages.

We use only natural and edible dyes in our dying process and fix the colours on the nuts with a mix of lemons and salt, with any remains discharged safely.

The metals we use  ~

14k gold-filled: It is a regulated process where multiple layers of solid 14 Karat gold are bonded with extreme heat to a core of brass. It’s legally required to have 1/20th of weight in pure gold, resulting in a much more durable piece and much more gold content than regular gold plated. It can be worn daily without fading and won’t lose its shine if it’s treated with proper care.

Sterling silver: Consists of 92,5 % silver and 7.5 % copper. The result of this combination is a stronger material for a more durable piece. Pure sterling silver is very soft, so it’s difficult to work with creativity and achieve the balance of beauty and durability that sterling silver provides. We recommend not to wear sterling silver underwater or expose it to high levels of salt, and keep it in a dry place while not wearing it. You can also clean your piece with a jewelry polishing cloth.

Stainless steel: It is naturally resistant to tarnish and can easily be kept clean. It is one of the most durable metals and is hypoallergenic suited to individuals with a metal sensitivity.

Care for your Tagua nut accessories  ~
Care for your tagua nut jewellery by avoidin­­g prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, extreme temperature variations, water or steam.
Tagua nut is a natural material and just like wood or leather it will benefit from a dash natural wax from time to time. This will protect it, emphasize its natural shine, prevent it from drying and extend its lifespan. All fastenings are brass, silver or steel, plated with gold or coper.  Learn more here.