These earrings will look like colorful flower petals on your ears. Handmade by fair trade artisans from tagua, or"vegetable ivory", the seed of Colombian rainforest palm trees. The seeds are a sustainable and eco-friendly material that helps to preserve the South American rainforests.
The process of hand crafting jewelry from tagua nuts is a long and meticulous one. After harvesting the nuts, they're dried and carefully carved into various shapes. Then they're dyed with vegetables dyes and strung into necklaces, bracelets, or earrings.
Approximately 1 1/2" long and very lightweight. Stainless steel posts.
The men and women employed by Encanto, the company behind this line of jewelry, enjoy their work not only because they are paid a fair wage, but because of the respect shown for their work and their opinions.
The Tagua industry in Colombia has developed into a source of fair trade revenue in both urban craftsmen's studios and the rural communities where the seed is planted and harvested.
Tagua jewelry craftspeople earn up to 5 times more than they would if they worked on plantations or cattle ranches, both of which require clear-cutting the rainforests. The eco-friendly tagua nut thus provides a respectable and sustainable income for the workers.