Stunning Eco-friendly seed jewelry set handmade by artisans in Columbia.
Black seed: Soap nut
Pendant: Tagua nut
The cord is made out of waxed cotton. Beautiful toggle clasp in the back. Length approx 30 cm (11.5 inches). Measurements taken when the necklace is closed and including the pendant.
Sterling silver hooks earrings are included at no additional cost. Length: Approximately 2 inches (5.08 cm) including the hooks.
Our items are fairtrade 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.
SOAP NUT SEEDS – “The soapberry tree (Sapindus saponaria) is native to southern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, extending south through Mexico, Central and South America. The leathery brown berries are rich in saponins. They have the property of foaming with water and have been used as soap in Mexico and tropical America.
The most fascinating part of the fruits are the black, marble-like seeds. Known as "black pearls" throughout the American tropics.” Artisans dry, cut the shell (leathery part), clean polish and drill each bead before making beautiful One of a kind bracelets, pendants, earrings, necklaces and various handcrafts.
TAGUA - also known as Vegetable Ivory is primarily the dried seedpod of a palm tree that grows in tropical rainforests. 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.
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