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batik tagua earrings

by Monica Farbiarz
Handmade
Community Voted
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  • the story

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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  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21136
Made from
silver plate, tagua nut
Measurements
1.25" L
Notes
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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (8)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Good length (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Casual dresser (7)
  • Everyday (7)
  • Dates / night out (5)
  • Business (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (5), Classic style (4), Comfort-oriented (4), Stylish (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6), No (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (3)

Reviewed by 8 customers

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5.0

Wonderful looking and very light weight

By 

from Pleasanton, CA

About Me Comfort-Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

      The earrings arrived very quickly

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Love the quality!

      By 

      from Clearwater, FL

      About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Length
      • Good Quality
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business
        • Casual
        • Everyday
        • Night Out

        Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

        These earrings are beautiful! They go perfectly with a new top I just bought! Love them!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        earrings

        By 

        from Prescott, AZ

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dazzles
        • Good Length
        • Good Quality
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business
          • Casual
          • Everyday
          • Formal Occasions
          • Night Out

          Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

          unique and attractive

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          very cool

          By 

          from Brooklyn

          About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, I Have Eclectic Taste, Modern, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Length
          • Good Quality
          • Unique
          • Very Cute And Well Made

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual
            • Everyday

            Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

            The product is lovely and so is the box it comes in- my only complaint is that he packaging box was too big

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Awesome earrings

            By 

            from Springfield, IL

            About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Length
            • Good Quality
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business
              • Casual
              • Everyday
              • Night Out

              Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

              The earrings are amazing, and pretty light considering how large they are. The colors are as they appear in the picture (I got the green and violet ones), and size is comparable to what appears in the image of someone wearing them. I have wanted to wear them all the time since receiving them.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self

              Comment on this review

               
              3.0

              Beautiful Batik earrings are rather big.

              By 

              from Pittsfield, MA

              About Me Career, Classic, Modern, Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Unique

              Cons

              • Very Large For Short Hair

              Best Uses

              • Casual
              • Everyday

              Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

              Earrings are very large and hang down further than i expected. They do not look good with short hair.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              LOOKS GOOD

              By 

              from fl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual
                • Everyday
                • Night Out

                Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

                They look good, but I cannot attest to comfort or quality as they were a gift.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Very cute!

                By 

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Dazzles
                • Good Quality
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual
                  • Everyday
                  • Formal Occasions
                  • Night Out

                  Comments about BATIK TAGUA EARRINGS:

                  I was surprised at the size of the earrings. They are much larger than anticipated. So if you are looknig for dainty earrings, these are not. But they are very cute and hippie-chic.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  Q and A

                  When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                  278votes, 16 comments

                  Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                  Everyone needs a drop of the exotic in their life! Designer Monica Farbiarz's Batik Earrings are made from sustainable tagua by fair trade artisans using traditional techniques. Check out the product story to learn more, then let us know if you love these artful earrings.

                  Liane
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I'd definitely wear these, and I love that they are made from environmentally friendly materials.

                  Seneca
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Cute looking and I appreciate the materials used.

                  JoBeth
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  These are great and very affordable.

                  Megan
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Pretty and environmentally friendly!

                  Darcy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Attractive, affordable and made in a place that pays attention to workers' quality of life. Awesome.

                  Victoria
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I'll take a pair...thanks....

                  Moddy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Yeah, i could see these selling - I would change the name to include a reference to the fact that it's 'vegetable' ivory, probably catch more buyers' eyes.

                  Michelle
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Price is fine, but just not my style..

                  Caity
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  too expensive

                  cynthia
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  love these

                  Marisa
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Look cute and environmentally friendly!

                  Rebecca
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Those are really cute! And different.

                  Outdoorsy Business Exec and Mom of 3
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Looks like painted rocks

                  Sofia
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I do not like this style and it's a weeb itcostly for earrings!!!!

                  Terri
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love these earrings! I want to purchase them to go with the necklaces. They're beautiful.

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