|I'd like to share my latest, new found obsession..|
...with you this week, that is, Tagua nut jewellery. I fell, for it's rich, vivid, colours and so, did a little research to find out some more, as I had never heard of it before.
The first thing I discovered, was that 'tagua nut', is actually not a nut at all, but the seed of the ‘Phytelephas Aequatorialis Macrocarpa!’, get your tongue around that after a few glasses of grapejuice!
More commonly known as the ivory palm, it grows in the tropical rainforests of South America and the content of the immature fruit is a crystalline liquid. However, when the fruit ripens, this turns into a milky substance and later to a gelatinous consistency, finally becoming a hard product similar in color, appearance and feel to natural ivory.
This simularity to elephant ivory, has earned it the title of vegetable ivory, helping with the problem of elephant poaching and in addition keeping rainforests from being deforested, not to mention the employment it provides to thousands.
The tree takes fifteen years to produce it’s first harvest, thereafter not ceasing to bear fruit for up to a century!!! Basically, jewellery, that is beautiful in ethos, as well as appearance and did I mention how lovely it feels to touch and handle, or the delicious sound the beads make as they jangle! Yup! definitely my latest obsession!
Have a wonderful week : )
Love Sophie XXX
(MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON)