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.”
Use these vegetable ivory tagua nuts to create your own jewelry. Carve them into beads, buttons or other small “ivory” items. Make bracelets, necklaces headbands, earrings, pendants etc.
What unique and beautiful gifts you could make for friends and family!
Tagua nut sizes range from: 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18mm. They are naturally-grown seeds of the vegetable ivory palm, so there is some natural irregularity in size, shape and color.