Posted by: latinartjewelry
on Feb 13, 2011
What is Tagua and how the jewelry is made?
All the tagua jewelry comes directly from a little town located on the coast of Ecuador. The process of collecting the tagua nuts, designing, and selling the jewelry is the main economy for this small town in Ecuador.
It's really interesting to know how the jewelry is made, since it take several month from the moment they collect the tagua, until the moment the product it's made and ready to sell.
The tagua nut is a dried seed from the tagua palm tree, which grows in tropical rain forests of South America (Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil).
The tagua nut comes in a fruit that carries multiples nuts. Each nut has a shell that contains the seed. This seed is the size of a chicken egg and is covered in a thin brown skin.
The nuts are sun-dried for 4 to 6 months before they can be worked with. Once dried, tagua can be polished to a bright shine. Tagua's natural color is white but it is easily to dye and can be found in a wide range of colors.