This eye-catching pendant reminds me of some of the more contemporary gongs in Buddhist temples. In shades of aqua, plum and mint green, it will coordinate with many outfits. 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 cord adjusts from choker length to about 16" from the neck. The pendant itself is abou 2" long.
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.