Fair Trade Heart Shaped Coal & Tagua Nut Pendant
Coal, an unexciting derivative of carbon found deep in the earth, has been carefully hand-carved and polished into this shiny heart-shaped pendant embellished with a white tagua nut bead. Commonly used for fuel, this black sedimentary rock makes a unique piece to add to your jewelry collection or give as a gift to that special someone in your life.
Tagua Nut, also known as vegetable ivory, is a sustainable and cruelty-free alternative to animal ivory that still maintains the beauty and versatility of the material.
Handmade by young artisans from the Morca Coal Project in Colombia through an effort initiated by the Colombian government to discourage child labor and train young men in new professions.
- Measures 1-1/4” high x 1-1/4” wide x 1/4” deep
- Suspended on a 40” black cord
Handmade in Colombia and fair trade imported.
Meet the Artisans
The community of Morca, a mountainous area in the town of Sogamoso, Colombia depends heavily on coal mining to sustain its livelihoods. Casualties and deaths are common in these mines, either due to mining-collapses or the inhalation of poisonous gases. In 1995, the Colombian government established the Morca-Boyaca workshop to keep young men and boys out of the hazardous mines. The boys from the area were encouraged to attend school and learn the craft of carving coal into beautiful pieces of jewelry.