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batik tagua earrings

by Monica Farbiarz
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Elephant Friendly Earrings

Add a touch of exoticism to any outfit with these eye-catching drop earrings. Reminiscent of radiant agate and glossy ivory, each drop is carved from sustainable tagua, commonly referred to as "vegetable ivory" for its likeness in bulk and texture. Each swirled water or chevron-patterned iris bead is enlivened by artisans using Batik, a traditional method wherein a design is applied using wax, then the object is dyed and the wax is removed to reveal a distinctive and unique silhouette of the wax seal.

Tagua, also known as vegetable ivory, is environmentally friendly and helps curb illegal elephant poaching, prevents deforestation, and allows local communities to make a living from the collection and processing of the seeds. All of Monica Farbiarz's tagua jewelry is handmade in a Colombian workshop that prides itself on treating workers fairly and providing the opportunity to learn life skills.

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Made from
silver plate, tagua nut
1.25" L
Although tagua does not bleed or fade, it is recommended that it be kept out of direct, prolonged sunlight.
  • the maker

Monica Farbiarz

When Monica Farbiarz traveled to Colombia in 2006, she had no idea that she, a dancer, musician and yoga instructor, would fall so quickly in love with the Tagua seed, a material that would inspire a full time jewelry-designing business.

She immediately found a workshop that offered her the perfect combination of quality production and fair labor practices, and enrolled in a business class to prepare for the inevitable commerce.

By 2007, she was ready to share her creations with the world, and now she's devoted to providing women with beautiful Tagua jewelry, all while helping her workers achieve their dreams. collection

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