Handcrafted Vegetable Ivory

London, Canada · 1 Sale


Handcrafted Vegetable Ivory

London, Canada 1 Sale On Etsy since 2012

Announcement   Welcome to Mayoso- Handcrafted Vegetable Ivory. FREE SHIPPING STOREWIDE


Last updated on Mar 8, 2017

Welcome to Mayoso- Handcrafted Vegetable Ivory. FREE SHIPPING STOREWIDE

Joke Olalekan

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Joke Olalekan

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Mayosodesigns- Handcrafted Vegetable Ivory

Welcome to my shop!

In my shop you will find beautifully handcrafted jewelry made of vegetable ivory and other organic materials. I LOVE JEWELRY and all things cute and beautiful. I personally have a tonne of them and still collect more. You just never get enough jewelry. I love designing and making jewelry. I enjoy every step of the creative process. My inspiration comes from a lot of things including nature, fashion, tv, travel and more. I make jewelry with Tagua nut- a sustainable substitute to animal ivory.
I hope you love my creations. Thank you so much for stopping by!

My store logo
I love the Mayosodesign logo because it says it all. It is a happy elephant playing with a tagua nut.

Tagua Nut
Vegetable Ivory ‘Tagua nut’ is the dried seedpod of the Tagua palm tree which grows commonly in the tropical rainforests of South America. It is a sustainable ecofriendly substitute for animal ivory. When the Tagua nuts ripen, the husk or Mococha falls to the ground where it is harvested. Tagua fruit, also known as corozo nut, is edible when fresh - It tastes like coconut water. Left to sun dry for 6-8weeks, it becomes very hard like animal ivory. It can be elaborated into a lot of products (jewellery, figurines, buttons, chess pieces, piano key, guitar picks and more) replacing animal ivory in all of it’s uses. It can be cut, pressed, heated, burned, laser engraved, bleached, tinted and polished to extraordinarily bright finishes. It is less porous than animal ivory but bears impeccable resemblance. It is similar in hardness, color and turns yellow as it ages. Tagua nut is produced mainly by the female palm tree which produces the same amount of ivory in one year as a female elephant.

The history of Tagua dates back to the mid 1800′s and the explosive growth of trade routes between Europe and South America. Wooden boats were used to carry supplies and passengers along the pacific coast line and it was common practice to stabilize the boats by filling the bottom of the boats with sand or dirt as weights. As the ships collect goods on these routes, some of the sand was taken out to balance for the added load. Over time, the wooden boats corrode allowing water in through leaks and the sand got soaked increasing the weight which could cause the ship to sink. So, there was need to look for an alternative that will not absorb water like sand. The sailors found Tagua nut which was plentiful on their route and provided the weight needed to stabilize their ships. The ships travelled far and wide and ended up in Hamburg, Germany where an artist tried to carve some and realized the potential in Tagua nut. He started to sell his creations with great success and these inspired German businessmen to import the nuts into Germany. The Tagua nut trade grew quickly and the Germans soon built a Tagua company in Ecuador where they found the nuts in abundance. The German businessmen started to export the nuts to Italy to have them carved. The Italians became interested in Tagua nut and soon found the source in Ecuador where they later built the Tagua House to support their Tagua nut business. In the late eighteen hundreds up through World War II, before the invention of plastic, ivory nut was used to make some of the finest buttons in the clothing industry. Some were used on United States Army uniforms at the time. Other common items such as jewellery, dice, chess pieces and cane handles were made out of Tagua nuts as well.  In fact, some expensive "ivory" pieces from the Victorian era were actually made from Tagua nuts. The Tagua nut popularity dwindled with the discovery of plastic in the many years leading up to the World War II, but is making a comeback with the killings of the elephants and other wildlife for their tusk.

In South America where Tagua nut is predominant, it signifies harmony and bears romantic energy which makes it popular with ladies. It is used as worry stones as it is very feels very smooth and soothing. Most importantly, Tagua nut plays a vital role in conserving wildlife and preserving the tropical rain forest.

Shop members

  • Joke Olalekan

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I work in healthcare and I enjoy designing jewelry to express my creativity. I like to work with natural organic materials and my primary medium is tagu nut. I hope you love my creations!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 12, 2017
Welcome to Mayosodesigns!
I am sure you'll find something you like or something that inspires you. All items are handcrafted by me. If you have any question please feel free to contact me via email mayosodesigns [!at]

Custom orders are accepted. Contact us to create your own designs, or modify any of our designs to your taste. You will be provided a timeline, cost and shipping is always free. Please allow up to 1-2weeks for production of the item (if the materials you request is in stock), plus shipping time.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment via Paypal.

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Free Shipping: We are committed to delivering the absolute best service and value to our customers. We offer FREE shipping worldwide

We understand how important it is for you to get your items quickly, so we make every effort to ship your order within 24-hours and in many cases on the same day you order it. Due to carrier pick up schedules, orders placed after 11am PT on Saturday or Sunday will ship on Monday or the following business day if the Monday falls on a holiday. Exceptions may occur for situations beyond our control.

We ship worldwide and all items ship from London, Ontario, Canada. All items come properly packaged to protect your order from damage. All items will be shipped the most economical way possible, via Canada Post. Items will be shipped within 1-2 business days after cleared payment. Please note that Canada does not have weekend mail pick-up. Orders received after 8am Friday morning will be mailed, but will not be processed by Canada Post until Monday at 10am.

Shipping to Canada

Shipping within Canada will be done via letter mail or parcel mail within limits as per Canada Post

Shipping to US and Overseas

Small items (under 2cm thick, as outlined by Canada Post) will be shipped as "Light Packet". Light Packet does not include tracking information.

Larger items (over 2cm thick, as outlined by Canada Post) will be shipped Small Packet Air Mail (small packet ground mail has been discontinued by Canada Post) and does not include tracking or insurance.

If you would like tracking information, an upgrade to Tracked Packet is recommended; please contact us for a quote.

Delivery times for Light Packet, Small Packet and Tracked Packets are between 4-8 business days, as per Canada Post, excluding volume or customs delays

Upgrading to Xpresspost shipping is the fastest way to provide international tracking information. If you would like to upgrade to Xpresspost due to time factors, please contact us and you will be provided with a quote.

Customs duty/fees

Full content values will be marked on the package. You will be responsible for any customs fees or duty on your order. Please check with your government to ensure you are aware of any potential fees when shopping internationally.
Refunds and Exchanges
We accept returns or exchange with an unconditional refund within 30 days of purchase. Customer pays return shipping. Items must be in the same condition of purchase to be accepted.

We offer complimentary repairs free of charge on any Mayoso jewellery within 30 days of purchase. Fees may apply depending on the extent of wear and if any component of the jewelry piece needs to be replaced.

Custom orders:
No exchanges or refund for custom orders.
Additional policies and FAQs

Are all designs one-of-a-kind?
Every slice of Tagua nut is unique either in its grain, shape or how it picks up the dye. Some of our designs are made with rare finds in combination with Tagua. By combining the two, this makes them one-of-a-kind simply because they cannot be reproduced. Our jewellery is produced in limited runs, numbering as few as 2 to a maximum of 12 of each design.

Why is my order somewhat different from the photo on your website?
Every slice of Tagua is unique, which means each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

Do you do custom orders?
Yes, we take custom orders! Contact us with your designs and we would be happy to work with you and make your ideas a reality!
Additionally, you can also modify any of our designs to taste.

Can I shower with my tagua?
Tagua is quite resistant to water damage. However, with prolonged (weeks to months) water exposure, Tagua will become dull and may crack easily. If possible, avoid taking shower with your Taguaa as soaps and extreme temperatures may damage your piece.

How do I care for my Tagua?
Generally, Tagua jewellery is low maintenance, only requiring cleaning with beeswax to maintain the shine. Please keep in mind, this may not be needed at all, or for a very long time. Tagua may absorb dyes from poorly made clothing and may be difficult to clean. While Tagua does well with sweat/ water, avoiding prolonged water exposure will preserve your Tagua.


Can I return or exchange an item?
We accept exchanges or returns with an unconditional refund within 30 days of purchase. You are responsible for return shipping.