Tagua Shapes Necklace

Women artisans in Ecuador collect sturdy tagua seeds and transform them into colorful geometric shapes.
created by

Paola Delgado

$60.00

Paola Delgado created by

Paola Delgado

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Art, Meet Jewelry

In Ecuador, a tropical breeze knocks tagua nuts from palm trees. Paola Delgado and her team of women artisans collect the sturdy seeds, and transform their organic shapes into colorful geometric ones. Her sustainable beads known as "vegetable ivory" feel reminiscent of modern art, giving an everyday outfit a graphic edge and pop of color. Finished with an adjustable cord, the versatile piece makes a thoughtful gift for environmentally minded or fashion forward friends. Handmade in Ecuador.

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Made in Ecuador

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Paola Delgado

created by

Paola Delgado

location

New York

“I fell in love with tagua for the small nuances that make it special.”

Paola Delgado had worked for four years on Wall Street when she began to yearn for a more fulfilling and philanthropic occupation. She put her New York life on hold to search for inspiration in Peru, where she grew up. When she came across artisans making beautiful jewelry by hand using Amazonian seeds, she knew she had found her calling, and started her own jewelry business in 2011. Paola's company makes jewelry of sustainable materials only, and provides educational opportunities, healthcare benefits, and fair wages to her artisan partners. Tagua seeds, the company's signature material, are often called "vegetable ivory." They grow on an Amazonian rainforest palm tree, and are harvested after they've fallen to the ground, so no damage is done to the rainforest, or, of course, any animals.

We spoke with Paola about her background, her love of tagua, and her relationship to her artisans. Read more on our blog.

Handmade Exclusive
Made from
Tagua, Cotton Cord
Measurements
12" - 16"" Adjustable Cord
Ingredients
Care
Due to the natural properties of the product avoid prolonged exposure to water and high humidity levels. Wipe clean with damp cloth; Avoid submerging in water; Store away from direct sunlight.
Item ID
48551

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