The Joyes de Rio are the jewels of the river. Featuring three strands of jewel shaped tagua beads, this necklace set is designed to rest at the collarbone (18" - 20" in.) and features a toggle clasp.
All of our organic tagua jewelry is handmade and dyed using high-grade certified organic vegetable dyes imported from Italy.
A note about tagua: Due to uniqueness of each piece, no two pieces are exactly the same. Additionally, the colors and/or color combinations may vary slightly from the piece pictured. You truly get a one-of-a-kind piece when you purchase our tagua jewelry.
Tagua is palm tree nut native to the lush tropical rainforests of Ecuador. Also referred to as the Ecuadorean Ivory Palm, the Tagua tree produces several bushels of seed pods a year with up to 100 Tagua nuts per pod. These nuts are then harvested, dried, and crafted into a wide range of products. Also known as Vegetable Ivory, Tagua has the same appearance, density, and feel of animal ivory without doing any harm to any animals or the rainforests where it is gathered.
Organic Tagua Jewelry's mission is to promote the beautiful, eco-friendly, and 100% sustainable Tagua Ivory around the world. By doing so, we empower villagers in our founders' home village in Ecuador by providing reliable employment and a decent living wage. We have a very special and direct relationship with our artisans since one of our founders still lives in the village. Our artisans are our friends and neighbors, and we are proud to promote their work. Through direct equitable trade, our artisans are able to eat better, keep their children in school, and invest in their futures, while keeping their traditions alive and vibrant. The production of our products keeps these families, their local economy, and their beautiful natural environment strong today and for generations to come.
Our products also aid with preservation of the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife, since the tagua nut provides shelter and nourishment to forest animals like agoutis and squirrels. The left over materials and byproducts of the tagua nut also help feed the livestock in the village. Additionally, the promotion and sale of tagua helps with the preservation of various mammals like elephants, whales, and walruses that have been slaughtered to near extinction for their ivory.