This pendant is skillfully hand carved from a tagua nut*. This wonderful, oversized elephant necklace is something a little bit different, a great talking point and a lovely gift. Each necklace comes wrapped in tissue and makes a lovely birthday gift.
*Tagua is a nut from a type of palm that grows in the South American jungle. Often known as vegetable ivory, it is a sustainable and environmentally sound alternative to animal ivory.
Provenance: Handmade, fair trade in Sosote, Ecuador, by Carlos, Ronald and their friends.A nut is selected that is as close to the desired finished shape as possible, which is then formed using a variety of sanding processes and polished to achieve a smooth surface. This ethical jewellery is handmade by Carlos in Sosote, Ecuador.
Dimensions: Approx chain length 90cm, Whale 4.5cm x 2cm (he is handmade, so this is approximate.)
Care: Tagua is a natural, organic material and the undyed products may darken slightly over time, this is normal. If your tagua jewellery is looking a bit dull it can be buffed up with a soft white cotton cloth. Although tagua is a fairly hardwearing material, please be aware that if you drop it onto or knock it against a hard surface it could chip. Never immerse your tagua jewellery in water as this can cause it to crack.