Otherwise known as vegetable ivory, Tagua is a wonderful natural nut originating from a palm tree found in South American tropical forests. Indigenous Colombian tribes believed that Tagua had an innate feminine energy that bestowed its wearers with the ability to live in peace and harmony.
Tagua is as beautiful as elephant tusk because of its shared properties, but at the same time it is a natural, sustainable product. If you are looking for genuinely ethical jewellery, our range of tagua provides the perfect answer.
Tagua is member of the palm family, often referred to as ivory palms, ivory-nut palms or tagua palms. The seeds of these palms (tagua nuts) resemble ivory with their beautiful appearance.
The big difference, though, is that the Tagua nut is 100% eco-friendly. The trees themselves are relatively small and enjoy a tropical climate, with plenty of rainfall. They are found in abundance in Colombia.
The nuts are sometimes referred to as ‘vegetable ivory’ and their popularity is increasing rapidly, as people become aware of their beauty and also, the benefits in using this source material to make jewellery.
Mixy Fandino is one of the pioneers of using the Tagua nut in the UK market, giving you the opportunity to be one of the first to enjoy this original and exciting material.
Tagua nuts are usually harvested once they have ripened and fallen to the forest floor. The size of olives up to oranges, the nuts are dried before processing.
As the tagua nuts are dried a process that takes between 6 and 8 weeks, they become extremely hard and the texture closely resembles that of animal ivory. At this stage, Our local artisans in Colombia dry, dye and slice the seeds before assembling them into beautifully crafted individual pieces.
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The natives believed that people wearing tagua would live in harmony and always be loved by their family and friends. The indigenous people of South America used Tagua to represent the feminine because of its great magnet-like romantic energy. Each member of the tribe was given a Tagua pendant to wear around his or her neck.
Tagua can actually be eaten when it is still soft but is not very nutritious and used only in time of famine and it tastes like cocoa.
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