You 'heart' the rainforest, and keeping animal ivory on real animals where it belongs, so you'll love our handcarved Tagua Heart Pendants from Ecuador.
Tagua nut, a renewable rainforest seed that grows from the Amazon's Tagua Palm Tree, is widely regarded as vegetable ivory for its likeness to real animal ivory, but with animal and habitat-friendly properties. With the growing scarcity of animal ivory, Tagua has become a highly valued commodity by artisans and consumers alike.
Pendant measures approximately 1 1/2 inches x 1 1/2 inches
Colors are achieved by boiling and other natural techniques that enhance the nut's natural beauty
Cord is adjustable from choker length to about 8 inches from neck.
Because this is a natural material, each pendant will have its own unique pattern of darker streaks, the natural color of the tagua nut. Photos represent the colors as closely as possible, but some slight variations may occur.
Pontare, an Ecuador-based NGO working under fair trade principles, counters poverty and deforestation by creating new jobs that depend on conservation and forest management. To accomplish this goal, the company works with 23 local artisans to create figurines, jewelry and ornaments from tagua nuts.
These nuts grow year-round in Ecuador and can be harvested without detriment to the rainforest. Pontare gives its artisans all the training, tools and materials they need to work from home, and then manages work distribution from the organizations main office to make sure orders are fairly distributed.