Tagua (tah.gwah) is a seed that grows wild in the rainforest of South America. After drying, it becomes rock solid resembling ivory in color, texture and hardness, hence its nickname: "vegetable ivory".
These dried seeds are dyed, cut, drilled and turned into beautiful beads that become natural and organic jewelry.
from palm tree...
tagua palms with fruit
tagua seeds dry
Grown on the Tagua palm tree, these seeds grow inside a fruit that resembles a big, rough pineapple. When the fruit is ripe, it falls to the ground and is harvested. The fresh seeds from the harvested fruit are then left out to dry, taking anywhere from 6 to 9 months. Once dry, the seeds become extremely hard and are used as a versatile raw material that can be dyed, carved, engraved and polished.
Tagua helps the effort of rainforest preservation: by supporting its use & protecting these palm trees we provide a good alternative to cutting down rainforests to give way to farming & cattle.
Tagua as "vegetable ivory" also helps to raise awareness about the current eradication of African Elephants which are being killed by the tens of thousands each year for their ivory. Botanical ivory is a logical and humane alternative to help save our tusked friends.