Friday, June 26, 2009

New product: EGG-citing Tagua Nut Necklaces

Tagua, a nut of many names, grows in the rainforest & Amazon Jungle on a palm type tree that reaches between twenty & thirty feet tall.

Its botanical name is “Phytelephas Macrocarpa Palmae”. “Phyton” is the Greek word for plant and “elephas” means elephant because of the nut's relative large size.

The nut itself grows in a cluster formation called ‘cabeza’ (head) and when ripe falls to the ground where they are easily harvested.

The native farmers continue to plant these palm trees today, instead of logging them, because they rightfully recognize how precious its renewable resource is.

Vegetable "ivory", a generic name for this gorgeous wood, is dried over a period of three months at which point it is considered petrified.

In the olden days, in the early 1900s, many buttons were made from vegetable "ivory" because this wood can be easily dyed, carved and engraved. The wood was also sought out for miniature carvings and today, modern jewelry such as these beautiful necklaces are created for our day to day pleasure.

Tagua - Vegetable "ivory"- & also known as Corozzo, is renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly, and quite simply: a gorgeous natural material.

I decided to call this particular line of necklaces: Egg-citing... they are unique and one of a kind... strung on a dark chocolate brown waxed cord with a sliding knot, these delicious necklaces are adjustable !

Please visit Brizel Handcrafts if you'd like to see more of my work... you can press here and away to there you'll go !

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