Katie O’Dare creates micro-ecosystems you can wear. We recently discovered her terrarium necklaces on Facebook and wanted to more about them. Here is what she had to tell us about her unusual combination of jewelry-making and gardening.
Tagua (pronounced tog-wah) nuts, or "ivory of the rainforest," are a vegetable-based and sustainable alternative to elephant ivory. The seeds are hard and smooth, and easily carved and dyed. They were once used for military buttons, Victorian chess pieces, and dice. Today, tagua "vegetable ivory" is a popular material for jewelry and baubles.