Aqua Tagua Nut Earrings - Pachamama Life Spiral – Blue Round Earrings - Vegetable Ivory – Jewel Beetle Earrings – Aqua Spiral Inlay

$30.00

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Item details

Handmade

Dimensions

Drop length: 20 Inches

❤ Find your equilibrium and tranquility with these earrings featuring the Andean Life Spiral. The bronze, real jewel beetle wing spiral inlay, lights up the seafoam blue tagua counterparts in a subtle, but dazzling array. The earrings are sealed with a hard acyrlic resin to protect the inlay. These stunning earrings feature unique vegetable ivory pieces and unique beetle shells. Since I use all natural products, no two tagua pieces or beetle wings are exactly alike! So go ahead, wear these at the office add a splash of color to your usual business attire.


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❤ SIZE:
These dangle earrings are a statement piece measuring up to 1 inch in length.

❤ MADE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU:
No two pieces of jewelry are exactly the same! Since everything I use are all natural products natural variation is expected. Each tagua nut has its own unique shape and fingerprint.

The beetle shells are real Jewel Beetle wings. Their color is all natural and they are naturally hard and durable. Slight variations in size, shape, iridescence, and color are to be expected and what makes SciBugsCollections Jewelry so special!

❤ LIFE SPIRAL SYMBOLISM:
Spirals can be found throughout ancient cultures and the Andean culture is no different. The life spiral, as used by the Andean culture, represents equilibrium, unity, and the path back to the creator. It's also used as a symbol to represent the goddess Pachamama - or Mother Earth.

Inside your package, you'll find an informational pullout, explaining the symbol's significance.

❤ ABOUT THE BEETLE:
• Sustainaby raised in Thailand as a food source
• Legally obtained with permits
• Color is all natural and has not been altered
• Beetle wings are naturally durable

❤ ABOUT THE TAGUA:
• Sustainably collected from Ecuador
• Ecofriendly / All Natural
• Tagua is cut / dyed by a woman living in Otavalo
• Tagua is called "Vegetable Ivory" for its color and strength
• Tagua is used for buttons and is one of Ecuador’s exports

❤ PROCESSING TIME:
Your product will ship within 2 days after purchase.

❤ SHIPPING TIME:
2 business days within the US via USPS – Priority
International ship times vary depending upon the country.

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Meet SciBugsCollections

Nancy Miorelli

Nancy Miorelli

Athens, Georgia

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Tagua is a nut that grows on the coast of Ecuador from a palm tree. It can be cut, dyed, and polished. It's not farmed like other palms. People just pick up what falls to the ground and use it in handicrafts.

It's nickname is "Vegetable Ivory" due to its hardness and natural ivory color.
Yes! They are sustainable and ethically sourced.

The jewel beetle wings come from a supplier in Thailand. There, the jewel beetles are sustainably harvested by the locals who eat them. The shells can't be eaten, so they are sold to venders who then sell them. The locals are paid for the shells. The beetles are harvested and maintained somewhat like cattle. The protects wild beetles.
Yes! They are sustainable and ethically sourced.

The butterfly (and other insect) wings come from two sources. One, is that I collect only dead specimens that I find. Sometimes they die because of old age or fungus. Sometimes I find just the wings as birds and other predators rip the wings off and then will just eat the body. (Nature is rough sometimes...)

Otherwise, I save wings from old student collections. Students, in most entomology classes, are required to create physical insect collections to learn the basics of morphology, identification, and processing. At the end of the semester, some specimens are placed in the museum. All others would be thrown out. I collect them and use their wings in my jewelry to give them a new life.
Yes. I coat them in a type of thin plastic to ensure that they are waterproof and protected. Many butterfly wings that you can buy encased in glass cannot be exposed to moisture unless the seller has sealed the wings perfectly. That's because many butterflies, like the shiny ones, use specialized micro-structures to make their colors. If water enters the structures, they don't reflect light correctly, and they look brown. This process ensures that the butterfly wing always stay vibrant and shiny!

If you're interested in learning about the micro-stuctures, check out my YouTube video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEjRU7nxOJ8
I'm probably the most destructive person you'll find on the planet.
That being said, when I motorbike through the jungle and I wear these (and sometimes they flap around in the wind) and I haven't had any break.

I did have one that I left in the bottom of my backpack for a week and the end of the shell chipped off.

So with regular care, nothing is going to happen to them. Chitin (the stuff that insect exoskeletons are made of) is naturally really hard! In fact, there's one beetle - called the "Iron Clad Beetle" and its shell is so hard that people actually have to use an industrial drill to drill holes through them. #randombugfact
Nope! They're 100% natural. They range in colors naturally, are naturally hard and durable, and really are that shiny! Nature is amazing! I urge you to read about Jewel Beetles.
Nope!
On average the earrings weight between 2-3 grams (the weight of 2 or 3 paperclips)

The beetle shells are really light and since the tagua is cut pretty thin, it's not that heavy either. Obviously, the smaller earrings are lighter than the bigger clunkier ones. That being said, I drive on my motor bike, wind whipping at my face, and haven't had a problem.
Yes! All the metals I use are both nickle and lead free.
I do not yet have the option to make jewelry with silver, gold, or platinum but check back soon as I'm considering adding these options.

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