The beads used to make these earrings are made of tagua nuts in Peru.
The tagua nut grows on wild palm trees in the rainforest of Peru and elsewhere in Latin America. Different parts of the tagua palm can be used for thatching, food, and its roots have medicinal properties. Still, one of the best things about tagua is that when its nuts are carved, they look just like ivory, therefore tagua is also known as vegetable ivory. This means it can be used to replace ivory, therefore protecting wild life. The fact that the tagua palm grows wildly also provides an economic incentive to leave the rainforest as it is.
The red color of these beads is achieved by dyeing the tagua nut. Each chip bead is unique in its shape and shade.
I source these beads from a small UK based shop which imports fair trade products from Latin America. They operate as a member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops.
To make the earrings I have further used metal wire and metal hooks.
Size: 6cm / 2.4 inch
The earrings will come on a rectangular cardboard piece with information about them and inserted in a cloth or rice paper bag. If this is a gift, I would recommend a handmade, fair trade gift box:
I do not include the gift box in every order in order to reduce waste and to keep the price of the item as reasonable as possible.