Nut Buttons & Pendants
"The Vegtable Ivory"
These beautiful buttons and pendants, from On the Surface,
are made from the Tagua Nut, indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest.
The Eco-Friendly colorfully dyed Tagua Nut slices are called vegetable
ivory. They are water resistant and maintain their vibrant color,
even when in contact with human skin and perspiration.
Please note that no two slices are exactly alike and natural imperfections
Tagua Nut Pendants
Approx 1.5" x 1.5"
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About Tagua Nut Buttons & Pendants
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in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, grows a special tree called the
Tagua, or ivory palm. This tree produces an extraordinary fruit, the Tagua
nut, which has been used to make buttons, jewelry, and carved objects
since the 19th century. The indigenous people of the rainforest used to
give each member of their clan a Tagua Nut to carry around their necks,
believing that the person who wore it would be protected by the love of
both family and friends. More recently, military uniforms in WWI had buttons
made from the nuts.
A single palm’s yearly harvest
EQUALS ivory from one female elephant.
An "Eco-Friendly" product, the Tagua Nut is a renewable and sustainable
product. The Tagua Nut is also sometimes referred to as "Vegetable Ivory"
because it is almost indistinguishable from real ivory. Environmentally,
a single palm's yearly harvest equals the same quantity of ivory from
one female elephant. Tagua nuts have been used as an ivory substitute
for over 140 years.
After harvesting, the nuts are dried in the sun for 4 to 6 months. Dried
nuts are then sliced, drilled and polished by tumbling in water and then
in their own grinding dust. Afterwards, the slices are sorted, some of
the slices are permanently dyed, while others are selected to be left
their natural ivory color.
The slices are dyed with Analine dye (used on cellulose products) until
they are as exhausted as possible. This unique process ensures the
dye is water resistant and maintains its vibrant color, even when
in contact with human skin and perspiration.
Enjoy this Tagua product knowing that its purchase supports the employment
of nearly 35,000 indigenous people. The income received from Tagua
crops is a strong incentive to maintain the trees. This helps stabilize
the Rainforest and, ultimately, World environments.
Ivory, Tans, Browns Buttons & Pendants
LIMITED TO STOCK ON HAND. DISCONTINUED
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