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Artisan Jewelry Made From Tagua Nuts

Artisan jewelry made from the tagua nut which is a seed from a palm tree varietal mainly be found in northern South America, can be a unique and eco friendly way to accessorize an outfit. A little information about the tagua tree and nut and how it came about being used in art, fashion and ultimately artisan jewelry.

The tagua palm tree has a very slow growth rate. A tree which is 35 years old would likely not exceed a height of seven feet. The tree bears large clusters of woody fruit. Each fruit cluster weighs approximately 25 pounds. The fruit itself contains anywhere from four to nine seeds/nuts. The nut shape and size is similar to that of a hen’s egg.

Other common names for the tagua nut are Corozo, mococha and vegetal ivory. Artisan jewelry made from the nut can often be described as corozo seed jewelry, vegetal ivory jewelry or eco nut jewelry. Mococha is not as commonly referenced in artisan jewelry using the tagua seed.

The use of the tagua nut in art and fashion dates back to as early as 1750. Initially used in the carving of small art figurines, the nut was later found use in fashion being utilized in button production.

The use of the tagua seed in button production began near the end of the 19th century. In fact Ecuador, where the tree grows in the subtropical zone of the Andean mountains, was the largest source for harvesting and exporting the nut. Ecuador was at the time exporting thousands of tons of the tagua nut annually.

The tagua fruit contains seed cavities which initial hold a liquid not unlike that of coconut milk. This liquid can congeal into an edible sweet gelatin. The gelatin can be further hardened into a very hard white substance which has similar visual properties to animal ivory. It is from this characteristic that the term “vegetal ivory” has been coined.

After World War II the tagua seed buttons lost their favor as the low cost production of plastic button became popular. Thanks however to luxury European designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentine, Versace and others, recognizing the incomparable quality of the tagua button, it is still used today in luxury fashion.

The tagua seed found it’s way further into fashion through the use of the seed in artisan jewelry. The seed is dyed, sliced, carved and strung into distinctive artisan jewelry designs that reflect fashion trends and the societal move toward eco fashion and eco jewelry.

Since the seed it’s self has similar visual properties to that of animal ivory, there is no need to use animal ivory. The seed is also eco friendly in that many of the fair trade producers who use the nut in their artisan jewelry designs ensure that only seeds which have fallen to the ground are harvested. They also make certain that sufficient seeds are left behind to ensure continued growth of new tagua palm trees.

The artisan jewelry pieces that are created from tagua seeds are not only beautiful but since no two seeds are the same each piece of handcrafted tagua seed jewelry is truly one-of-kind.

If you are seeking a beautiful, unique piece of artisan jewelry that is also eco friendly consider purchasing a piece of tagua seed jewelry.

Jewelry – A Form of Self Expression That Reflects Your Personality

Whatever the occasion, whatever the reason – one thing that a women cannot part away with is a piece of jewelry.

Why do women wear jewelry? Though these days it is not hard to find men sporting some either, the answer is that it is not just an accessory in a women’s wardrobe, it is an asset, a form of self expression. Jewelry gives you confidence and reflects your personality. It is very much a part of our lives.

Over the years, jewelry has gained in popularity. Gone are the days when you have to go to the goldsmith near your house for making jewelry. These are the days of jewelry designers, just like fashion designer, who will design jewelry as per the occasion. These people guide you on what to wear & how to wear. They will also help you chose the right clothes that go with your sparkling accessories.

Selecting a piece of jewelry is an important task – similar to picking your wardrobe. You should select something that matches your personal style and that you are comfortable wearing in. When buying it you should keep in mind the color of your attire because by going in with the right combination you can make your own fashion statement.

It is always better to experiment by mixing and matching your jewelry items. Earrings, nose-ring, bangles, finger rings and a simple gold chain can be worn in our day to day life, in office or at home. However, if you are going in for a wedding, then you can go in for some heavy gold or diamond necklace, bracelets and glass bangles, long ear rings, and a tikka on your forehead.

But again all boils down to the occasion and on your attire. Apart from gold, diamond and silver jewelry – artificial jewelry, costume jewelry, fashion and imitation jewelry, pearl jewelry, gemstone jewelry, imitation and antique jewelry is catering to the demands of fashion conscious people from around the world.

If price is a factor for you, then you can opt for costume jewelry, artificial jewelry and beaded jewelry which, again, all adds up to your fashion statement. Gold jewelry, which has always been in demand and has recently witnessed a hike in prices, is available in 22 kt gold, 21 kt gold, 18 kt gold with purity of 91.6%,. 87.5% and 75% respectively.

In India, the BIS i.e. Bureau of Indian Standards undertakes certification of purity of gold jewelry in accordance with Indian Standards IS:1417 Grades of Gold & Gold Alloys.

If you are visiting India and are looking to buy jewelry, you can get it from a hallmarked approval jewelry store (as hallmarking certifies that the jewelry conforms to national & international standards of purity) You can Google for jewelry designers, exporters or manufacturers in India for your type of jewelry.

In the end, I would advice you to wear only those items which you can carry, and suits your personality. However, there is no harm in trying to experimenting with your accessories. Jewelry is the shining armour in your wardrobe. Wear it, live it.

Scorpion Jewelry

There’s something on your neck!

What will they think of next? When the hip-hip movement began, and teens started wearing car hood ornaments around their neck, you probably thought that was strange. Well, that’s nothing compared to the latest fashion in teen jewelry. You know those poisonous bugs with the pointy serpents tail you see on television (or in real life if you live in one of those dry desert climates)? Or you may recognize them as a popular zodiac sign. Yes, Scorpions! The latest fashion in jewelry is to where these acrylic encased real bugs as jewelry.

Now, what happened to good old fashion jewelry? You know, back in the days where young girls wore crosses and hearts, and the boys a gold chain? That was before teens would seek out their own “identity” by tattooing barbed wire around their arms and Chinese letters across their lower back. Or, piercing any parts of their bodies, they can fit a piece of metal into.

Well scorpions are now the “new thing”. Originally worn by young boys, and probably purchased as a souvenir at the local science center, scorpion jewelry is now a main stream jewelry fashion worn by both men and woman. Sold at retails up to thirty dollars, these once feared exoskeleton members of the insect family are not shown off in a assorted color acrylic pendants, and incorporated into a slew of stylish bracelets, necklaces and anklets. So, the next time you look over and notice a scorpion on a strangers ankle, don’t scream. Take a closer look and you may notice it only to be a piece of new scorpion jewelry.

Who really knows how long this latest fashion will remain? Will it be a fad or will this be a fashion such as wearing shark teeth, that stands the test of time? You’d have to admit, wearing a piece of deadly scorpion jewelry around your neck would symbolize strength, but would you wear one on your upcoming job interview? I wouldn’t risk it in today’s economy.

Summer 2009 Jewelry Trends

During the 1930s depression, people looked to the movies with upbeat musicals and lavish sets for that touch of optimism. Fashion too reflects the movie scene, with glamorous and sensual clothes, fur trimmed clothes by day and backless dresses by night. The look was luxe in contrast to the economic climate of that time.

Enter 2009, with the depressing economic climate. Fashion goes upbeat. An escape from the gloom and doom of these times. Canary yellow halter dresses, primary colors in clothes, chic asymmetrical dresses and gorgeous flowy, printed gowns are just some of the looks offered this season.

On top of that jewelry goes overboard. It kind of makes sense. Mankind looks beyond the immediate gloom, to the hope that lies beyond it. Movies. Theater. Fashion. All forms of art provide man an escape from current troubles. Fantasy. Imagination. All signify hope for a better future.

Jewelry is about beauty. Art. Fantasy. Like catching stars and wearing them on your ears, letting them trail down your neck, in the form of drop earrings.

The gloomier the outlook, the more flamboyant fashion gets. Jewelry gets gigantic.

At Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2009 ready to wear collection, models wore choker necklaces that covered the neck down to the chest with bling. Or at very least, if a necklace was worn, it was a statement piece. Like a choker that completely covers the wearer’s throat. There’s nothing wishy washy about these necklaces. Either go sans jewelry or wear them chunky.

John Galliano accessorized suits with humongous pendants on chunky chains for Spring/Summer 2009.

At Zac Posen’s models wore huge earrings that can be likened to door knockers for the Spring/Summer 2009 ready to wear collection.

In all, for Summer 2009, forget about dainty jewelry that you have to strain your eyes to see. Opt for statement jewelry instead. In particular, go for chunky jewelry [] that’s this season’s must have accessory.