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geometric tagua necklace

by Soraya Cedeno
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In Perfect Shape

Explore the geometry to style with this colorful collar necklace. The shapely beads are carved from sustainable tagua nuts, commonly referred to as "vegetable ivory" because of their for its similarity in heft and texture.

The creation of tagua jewelry helps curb illegal elephant poaching, prevents deforestation, and allows local communities to make a living from the harvesting and processing of the seeds. This striking piece is made using wild-harvested tagua, giving its colors using vegetable dyes, and is handcrafted in a workshop in Ecuador that prides itself on treating workers fairly and providing the opportunity to learn life skills.

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tagua nut, cotton rope
16" rope; 16" L x 5.5" W; tagua beads approx .75" each
Care: Clean with damp cloth and water, no bleach.
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Soraya Cedeno

Soraya Cedeno

Soraya Cedeno was born in a small coastal village in Ecuador, renowned as a haven for gifted artisans specializing in a relatively unknown raw material: tagua. Soraya carried her love of her people and her culture as she traveled the world and looked for ways to give back to those who inspired her as a child. Influenced by high fashion in New York and Miami, Soraya works with her village artisans to design gorgeous jewelry that is not only organic, eco-friendly and sustainable, but provides unparalleled economic opportunity to the artisans who produce it. In support of this mission, Soraya developed a partnership with the Government of Ecuador to provide business management education and training to help our artisans become better business people and stronger managers.

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