Carved Tagua Nut Beads for Jewelry Making

$25.19

Carved with fishes, waves, lotus flowers, clouds, and lucky characters, these natural tagua nut “vegetable ivory” beads / charms will add exoticism, class (and maybe good fortune!) to your jewelry-making. Use them as spacer beads, or thread them together to make a full necklace or bracelet. 

Tagua nut is eco-friendly, sustainable, durable, hard and dense, beautiful, and almost identical to animal-derived ivory. But much kinder!

As WP Armstrong writes,”. . . ivory-nuts contain a substance . . . that becomes so hard and dense that it can be carved and polished like elephant tusks. . . . Called “vegetable ivory,” the endosperm is used for buttons, chess pieces, dice, umbrella handles, billiard balls, and for intricate carvings in the art of scrimshaw, without endangering whales, elephants and walruses. Like wood, vegetable ivory is essentially composed of thick-walled dead cells; however, unlike grainy hardwoods it has a texture and hardness similar to ivory. In fact, vegetable ivory is remarkably dense, with a rating of roughly 2.5 on the scale of mineral hardness.”

ABCDEFGHIMix colors
12mm
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Description

Carved with fishes, waves, lotus flowers, clouds, and lucky characters, these natural tagua nut “vegetable ivory” beads / charms will add exoticism, class (and maybe good fortune!) to your jewelry-making. Use them as spacer beads, or thread them together to make a full necklace or bracelet. 

Tagua nut is eco-friendly, sustainable, durable, hard and dense, beautiful, and almost identical to animal-derived ivory. But much kinder!

As WP Armstrong writes,”. . . ivory-nuts contain a substance . . . that becomes so hard and dense that it can be carved and polished like elephant tusks. . . . Called “vegetable ivory,” the endosperm is used for buttons, chess pieces, dice, umbrella handles, billiard balls, and for intricate carvings in the art of scrimshaw, without endangering whales, elephants and walruses. Like wood, vegetable ivory is essentially composed of thick-walled dead cells; however, unlike grainy hardwoods it has a texture and hardness similar to ivory. In fact, vegetable ivory is remarkably dense, with a rating of roughly 2.5 on the scale of mineral hardness.”

Additional information

Origin

Sourced from China

Material

Tagua Nut

Item Type

Beads

Item Shape

Round Shape

Outer Diameter

12mm

Pattern

Fish, lotus, wave, cloud, character,

Beads Size

12mm*6mm

Hole size

2mm

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