Tagua Jewellery

Tagua Jewellery

Otherwise known as vegetable ivory, Tagua is a wonderful natural nut originating from a palm tree found in South American tropical forests. Indigenous Colombian tribes believed that Tagua had an innate feminine energy that bestowed its wearers with the ability to live in peace and harmony. Tagua is as beautiful as elephant tusk because of its shared properties, but at the same time it is a natural, sustainable product. If you are looking for genuinely ethical jewellery, our range of tagua provide the perfect answer.


Tagua Tree

Tagua Trees & Nuts

Tagua is member of the palm family, often referred to as an ivory palms, ivory-nut palms or tagua palms. The seeds of these palms (tagua nuts) resemble ivory with their beautiful appearance. The big difference, though, is that the Tagua nut is 100% eco-friendly. The trees themselves are relatively small and enjoy a tropical climate, with plenty of rainfall. They are found in abundance in Colombia.

Tagua Nuts in Jewellery

The nuts are sometimes referred to as 'vegetable ivory' and their popularity is increasing rapidly, as people become aware of their beauty and also, the benefits in using this source material to make jewellery. Mixy Fandino is one of the pioneers of using the Tagua nut in the UK market, giving you the opportunity to be one of the first to enjoy this original and exiting material. Interesting and unique, eco friendly jewellery.


Tagua Nuts


Tagua Nuts

Tagua Jewellery Production

Tagua nuts are usually harvested once they have ripened and fallen to the forest floor. The size of olives up to oranges, the nuts are dried before processing. As the tagua nuts are dried a process that takes 6-8 weeks), they become extremely hard and the texture closely resembles that of animal ivory. At this stage, Our local artisans in Colombia dry, dye and slice the seeds before assembling them into beautifully crafted individual pieces.

The Finished Pieces

As you can see, our Totumo jewellery pieces are remarkable in their look and finish. Combining beautiful designs with stunning colours and texture The designs you see on the jewellery are based on hieroglyphics from the ancient civilisation of San Agustín in the South of Colombia. The piece shown on the right hand side (upper) is a perfect examples of these hieroglyphics In some of the pieces, the intricate details of the nut itself are perfectly preserved. This beautiful detailing emphasises the fact that each and every piece of Mixy Fandino jewellery is unique and has it's very own character and interest attached to it.


Did you know?

The natives believed that people wearing tagua would live in harmony and always be loved by their family and friends. The indigenous people of South America used Tagua to represent the feminine because of its great magnet-like romantic energy. Each member of the tribe was given a Tagua pendant to wear around his or her neck. The natives believed that people wearing Tagua would live in harmony and always be loved by their family and friends. Tagua can actually be eaten too and it tastes like cocoa One of the key features of the Mixy Fandino handmade jewellery range is that the materials are eco-friendly, coming from sustainable resources.