Green Sea Turtle 3D Tagua Nut Necklace


A 3D Sea Turtle has been carved into a Tagua Nut and attached to a leather cord as a necklace. Hand made in northwest Ecuador and provide economic incentives for the sustainable harvest of the tagua palm nut, Phytelephas Equatorialis.

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About 1,800 members of the Comuna Rio Santiago-Cayapas now have jobs that depend upon keeping nearby rainforest lands standing. They sustainably harvest tagua nuts from the forest floor when the cabeza containing the nuts ripens and falls.

The Tagua Nut, commonly known as “vegetable ivory”, earned its name from its ivory-like color and texture. With the near extinction of animal ivory, tagua nuts have become a highly valued commodity by artisans and consumers alike.