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tagua batik necklaces

by Monica Farbiarz
Handmade
Community Voted
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  • the story

A Different Ball of Wax

Add a touch of exoticism to any outfit with these eye-catching necklaces. Reminiscent of radiant agate and glossy ivory, each bead is carved from sustainable tagua, commonly referred to as "vegetable ivory" for its likeness in bulk and texture. Each exuberant element 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 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
21137
Made from
tagua nut, silk cord
Measurements
Necklace: L 19"-23" Adjustable. Tagua Pieces: 1" dia (approx.)
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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TAGUA BATIK NECKLACES
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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5.0

What a gorgeous piece!

By 

from New York, NY

Comments about TAGUA BATIK NECKLACES:

Wore it to work today for the first time, got tons of compliments. Very unusual, stands out without being too much in one's face, highlights the blue in my eyes which are a mix of green with specks of blue and brown, love it!

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5.0

STYLISH...

By 

from NY

About Me Modern

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Elegant
  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Meaningful
  • Pretty
  • Unique
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dress Up or Down

    Comments about TAGUA BATIK NECKLACES:

    VERY AFFORDABLE NECKLACE AND GOES GREAT WITH ANYTHING

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

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    5.0

    Beautiful Necklaces

    By 

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Career, Modern, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Elegant
    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Meaningful
    • Pretty
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dress Up or Down
      • Everyday
      • Going Out

      Comments about TAGUA BATIK NECKLACES:

      I bought three of these necklaces for my daughter and daughter in laws. They are all environmentally conscience so I thought that these necklaces would be relavent as well as beautiful and they loved them.

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

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      Q and A

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

      299votes, 35 comments

      Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

      We love that Monica Farbiarz's latest eco-friendly design is not only handmade, it's also versatile! These colorful necklaces can be worn with your everyday outfits, or add bohemian touch to an elegant ensemble. Do you love these Tagua Batik Necklaces?

      emily
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      beautiful

      Angela
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      ITEM NOT MADE IN THE USA

      deborah
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I LIKE BUT A LITTLE TOO PRICEY

      Rebecca
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very funky. Wouldn't buy, but I like.

      Kelly
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      something from america would be nice

      Michelle
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Beautiful, but SO expensive.

      Jamie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Too expensive!

      Malorie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      These necklaces are beautiful, but very expensive.

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

      Love the color choices

      Pauline
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      like it but price too high!

      Moddy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      The right one is better than the left. At least they chose one color pallette and stuck with it.

      Crystal
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      pretty,not in my budget though

      Kathleen
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      These might be nice for Easter season, at a lower price. I do like the cause behing them.

      daniel
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I really like these beads.

      HAiley
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I love the design and the idea. but the price is WAAAAY too high. You could sell this for 20 bucks less and still make a good profit.

      Elinore
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Still don't know what vegetable ivory is.

      Patty
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      too expensive for me, but maybe someone else would think it's worth the price

      Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

      Thanks for the comment, Elinore! Vegetable ivory isn't actually ivory, it's a hard, ivory-colored nut. More commonly called the tagua nut, it's a sustainable alternative to traditional ivory. For more information, please see the product story on the left.

      cathy
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Lovely!

      Julie

      love these, theyre gorgeous

      Darcy
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      seems a little spendy but lovely product

      Chelsea Saulpaugh
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I love the fun colors and designs but I think its priced a little high.

      ann
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      The design is nice and I like the beads. Just a bit pricey for me with little disposable income.

      Marty
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very exotic and different. Nice.

      Cathy
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Pretty!

      Vilma
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Lovely, but it costs so much!

      crissi
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      i love these

      Mimi
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I like both of these...great colors and patterns. Thumbs up from me :)

      Betsy
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very nice!

      Jane
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Unique item, but would love something similar made locally.

      Marianne
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I checked "seen this elsewhere" and I don't mean that literally--I just feel like this is a common look. I actually appreciate items handmade no matter where they are from, and I think it has a great story. I just think the look is not unique enough to merit the cost.

      Roberta
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I love the item and Batik work is always amazing but it is too expensive.

      Amy

      It would be helpful to know just how big in diameter the largest beads might be, in order for people to have clear expectations. Even though I love bulky jewelry, REALLY large beads can be surprisingly cumbersome.

      Terri
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      The colors and designs are beautiful. I love them and would love to own them.

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