Natural eco-friendly necklace made out of colored Tagua nut and "chirilla" black small seeds.
Matching earrings with sterling silver hooks are included at no additional cost.
The cord is made out of waxed cotton. The necklace has a loop in one of the ends so you can loop the beads over allowing you to adjust the length. All seeds used to make this necklace are eco-friendly and fairtrade and imported from Colombia- South America.
The products we carry are fair trade and we use natural, biodegradable materials that have been harvested in a sustainable manner. Our two chief aims are environmental preservation and giving talented but disadvantaged artisans an opportunity to participate in a leveled global market.
Due to the how these beads are produced, the size shape and shade of each bead may vary and will be a little different from what is shown in the photo. Each piece is one of a kind.
TAGUA - also known as Vegetable Ivory is primarily the dried seedpod of a palm tree that grows in tropical rain-forests. Seeds can be peeled, sliced, carved and dyed. The natural colour of Tagua is ivory white and resembles the finest animal ivory in texture and colour. The process of getting Tagua, unlike elephant ivory, does not involve killing. When ripe, the seeds fall to the ground and are gathered and dried from four to eight weeks. Tagua jewellery and watches are made from the dried and polished seeds. As Nature provides us with unique materials, each item carved from Tagua is ONE OF A KIND. Some indigenous peoples 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. The natives believed that persons wearing Tagua would live in harmony and always be loved by their family and friends.
CHIRILLA - "One of the most commonly used beads in natural seed jewelry comes from a beautiful wildflower of the Caribbean region and tropical America. It is commonly called "Indian shot" and it belongs to the mostly tropical, monocotyledonous Canna Family (Cannaceae). This lovely wildflower is common along roadsides and open fields throughout the West Indies and Lesser Antilles. The spherical black seeds of Indian shot are so hard and perfectly round that they resemble oversized BB's or buckshot from a shotgun shell. In fact, they are so dense that they readily sink in water. Under a hand lens the seeds are minutely-pitted, like the surface of pocked metal. The seeds are called "Indian shot" because of their superficial resemblance to lead shot ammunition of the 18th and 19th centuries."
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