I finally made the necklace for the fashion show..
All made from vegetable ivory. Here is the story behind this great nut!
The Tagua Nut (Vegetable Ivory)
The tagua nut or vegetable ivory nut comes from a palm like tree called Phytelephas Macrocarpa Palmae or Phytelephas Equatorialis. The tree grows to a height of 20 to 40 feet tall in several tropical rainforest regions in South America.
The tagua nuts are the size of hens eggs and grow in large pods called a cabeza which take a number of years to grow and ripen. When the cabeza ripens, it falls to the ground. Before the nut matures it has a milky sweet liquid in the center with a jelly like consistency and can be eaten.
The tagua nuts are gathered and dried for a number of weeks after which they become very hard and have the look and texture of ivory, hence the name vegetable ivory. The nut is then carved to make stunning and individual beads.
Vegetable ivory offers an alternative to the senseless killing and illegal poaching of elephant ivory.
See this and many more stunning handmade upcycled jewellery & accessories made from ethically sourced recycled materials at the fashion show in Crystal Palace this Saturday 3rd March from 4pm. See the models at the Gautama Bar, Westow Hill, Crystal Palace.