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  • the story

Wear the Rainbow

Handmade in Colombia from Tagua nuts, found in South American rain forests, this glossy, candy-colored bracelet will add punch to any outfit. Tagua nuts are popular for use in accessories because they resemble ivory in texture, but do not harm animals. Features 54-56 beads.

All the artisans are certified in Colombia by the Administrative Department of the Environment and comply with all environmental conservation policies.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
19145
Made from
tagua nut
Measurements
3" dia. (elastic); 54-56 beads
  • the maker

Tagua nut

Tagua, also known as vegetable ivory, is a seed that comes from the Phytelephas Macrocarpa palm tree, an endangered palm tree that only grows in the tropical rainforests of the South American Pacific coasts. Etymologically, the term Phytelephas Macrocarpa is derived from the Greek phyton: plant, and elephas: elephant, making reference to the ivory.

The Tagua palm tree grows in the humid rainforest, under the canopy, to a height of 20 to 30 feet. The Tagua seed ranges in size from a cherry to a grapefruit and averages about the size of a walnut.

Chemically, they are pure cellulose. Before the nuts mature they have a milky sweet liquid in the center that can be consumed. The cellular structure and grain is similar to that of elephant ivory, but is more dense and resilient. It resembles the finest ivory in texture and color, and is slightly softer than mammal ivory. The nuts are usually void in the center.

When ripe, the nuts fall to the ground and are gathered and dried for a period of up to two years. Over this time, they become extremely hard (ivory-like). The nuts are harvested after they are ripe and have fallen to the ground, which means no damage is done to the rainforest during the production process.

Most importantly, tagua is replacing the slaughter of mammal ivory (the ivory of elephants and other mammals) in the textile and fashion industries.

For over two hundred years, tagua has been used in the making of dice, dominoes and chess pieces. Other purposes include use in cane and umbrella handles, pipes, mah-jongg tiles, sewing needle cases and the fine art of scrimshaw. In the late 1800s up through World War II, this ivory nut was used to make some of the finest buttons in the clothing industry. For close to eighty years, the ivory nut was a commodity of global importance and factories on three continents used to manufacture articles of utility and luxury.

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TAGUA BRACELET
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on (15)
  • High quality (14)
  • Comfortable (12)
  • Holds shape (9)
  • Lustrous (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (18)
  • Everyday (16)
  • Dates / night out (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Modern (11), Practical (10), Stylish (9), Career (5), Comfort-oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (10), No (5)

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5.0

Bracelet is Perfect

By 

from NJ

About Me Classic, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Everyday

    Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

    It was just what we expected.

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

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

    By 

    from NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Put On
    • High Quality
    • Holds Shape
    • Lustrous
    • Stunning
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

        EVERYDAY USE

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

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Fun!

        By 

        from Bethesda, MD

        About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Put On
        • High Quality
        • Holds Shape
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Everyday

          Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

          Adds a splash of color any time. Lots of fun!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Colorful Bracelet

          By 

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Individual, Modern, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Colorful
          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Put On
          • Eyecatching
          • High Quality
          • Holds Shape

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Everyday

            Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

            This bracelet caught my eye. It looked like it was a quality product that was attractive and different. You don't see this bracelet everywhere--it is very unique!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Love the Tagua nut style

            By 

            from Bethesda, MD

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Put On
            • High Quality
            • Lustrous
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Everyday

              Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

              Colorful and fun bracelet for everyday and casual wear.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Great gift

              By 

              from NJ

              About Me Career

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear

                  Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

                  Great gift

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful

                  By 

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy To Put On
                  • High Quality
                  • Lustrous
                  • Stunning
                  • Stylish
                  • Vibrant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Wear
                    • Everyday
                    • Formal Occasions
                    • Night Out

                    Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

                    This was a gift to my sister and she loves it. It is very colorful and matches everything in her wardrobe. She and her sons had fun looking up tagua and learning how they grow and are used. Therefore this gift was jewelry and learning all in one !

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Brighter than it looks

                    By 

                    from Arlington VA

                    About Me Modern, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easy To Put On
                    • High Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear

                      Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

                      This bracelet is brighter than it looks, glad my mom isn't afraid of color, she loved it!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      Comment on this review

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      NOT HAPPY

                      By 

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Easy To Put On

                      Cons

                      • NOT AS APPEARS ON WEB

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

                        Very disappointed when I recieved this item not as I pictured it cheaper than presented on web, actually changed reciepient to younger niece could not give this to an adult

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great bracelet

                        By 

                        from IL

                        About Me Career, Modern, Stylish

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Easy To Put On
                        • Holds Shape

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Casual Wear
                          • Everyday

                          Comments about TAGUA BRACELET:

                          Great bracelet and seems to be holding up well unlike the matching necklace I got on this site that I can't get anyone to give me an easy return for. :(
                          This bracelet has so many colors, yet doesn't come off as clown-like. My numerologist recommended it for balancing with colors. It goes with everything and I wear it everyday. The open circled necklace that matched broke on day 5 and after calling and email 5 times, I can't get a response from this site to help me.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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