Planetary Necklace/Earring Set - Small Things Fair Trade

Planetary Necklace/Earring Set

Regular price $30.00

Let these delicate strands of tagua beads orbit around your neck for a playful look. Differently colored and shaped tagua beads make this a visually stimulating necklace and earring set. Available in Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter colors.

What is tagua? 

The Tagua nut grows from the Ecuadorian Ivory Palm, Phytelephas aequatorialis, or literally, “plant elephant,” and is commonly referred to as “vegetable ivory.” ... During the rainy season it can take months for the seeds to dry to the point at which they can be used by the artisans to create tagua jewelry.

Artisan

Andrés & Juanita

Working with Minga since 2006

Workshop: Ecuador

Products: Jewelry-Tagua

Andrés and Juanita were both born in 1964 and have been married for 30 years. They have two children, Mateo and Emily, both in elementary school. Andrés parents worked in tagua in Riobamba, where he was born. In 1985 when Juanita married him, his parents taught her the craft of working in tagua. She learned how to create designs with tagua beads and also to paint them. They worked together as a family making tagua jewelry and selling it for about a year. Then Andrés father fell sick with diabetes.

He needed many visits to the doctor, but they were living on the coast, more than three hours from Quito, where the doctors were. They needed a place to stay. Andrés brother had a shop at the plaza where the monument showing the equatorial line is so he sold it to them, they rented a house (which they later owned) and for five years welcomed his parents on a regular basis for doctor visits. His father died then, and his mother moved back to Riobamba where she still lives and still makes tagua jewelry for sale there. For more on their story, contact us!