Vibant colored with all-natural dyes and hand-carved from tagua, the seed of a rainforest palm tree, this necklace and earring set is a traffic stopper. Commonly called vegetable ivory for its striking similarities to elephant ivory, tagua jewelry is substantial-looking but very lightweight. From Ecuadorian fair trade artisans.
The necklace is adjustable from choker length to about a 16" drop from the neck. The earrings are 2" long and 1/2" wide.
Pampeana, the supplier of this product, works with individuals of low education and economic resources in Ecuador. By sustainable employment and a wider market for their handcrafted products, Pampeana promotes a stable environmentand safe working conditions. The artisans can then move from a position of vulnerability to one of security and economic self-sufficiency.
Pampeana aims to further empower these individuals by encouraging them to become stakeholders in their own organizations and to actively play a wider role in the design and development of handcrafted products.
An integral part of the company's focus is also to work with recycled or renewable materials that have a low or no impact on our environment. Using tagua, or vegetable ivory, as the raw material for the jewelry helps to preserve valuable rainforests as well as elephants, who are still being slaughtered for their ivory tusks.