02 March 2012

Tagua Nut Jewelry

It’s been called the “vegetable ivory”— the tagua nut!
Found in palm trees across South America, it can be fashioned into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Crafters spend hours carefully carving each nut to create the desired form.
This weekend, I meet jewelry designer Cindy Vega at the Wynwood Green Market! She is clearly an expert when it comes to sculpting the tagua. She told me that the nut is very hard, resembling an ivory—hence the nickname! 
I fell in love with her designs—and bought two pieces! 
You can see more of her work at her facebook page!

 Cindy Vega/ Jewelry Designer

 Tagua Nut Rings--I got a hot pink one!

Dried Bean Shells! Got the red ones!