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Vegetable Ivory/Tagua Nut Bead Necklace, Thrift Shop Find 1 Euro ($1.07)

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    Posted 4 years ago

    Efesgirl
    (1013 items)

    I went to a local thrift shop where I hadn't been for more than a month. I picked through all the jewelry and found this choker necklace hanging on a hook in between all sorts of costume jewelry. I now know what my necklace is made from, thanks to some sleuthing by fellow CWers.

    Thank yooooooou!!
    Bonnie

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    1. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
      Perhaps bone?

      T A
    2. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      you always have something interesting!...looks organic to me
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      TA - I wondered it if might be bone, but it doesn't seem to be the color of bone. I have a huge polished bone necklace and compared the two - the choker is much creamier in color.
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      lentilka - looks organic to me, too, in a certain type of light.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Maybe tagua nut, aka vegetable ivory :-D
    6. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      https://milenagalapagos.wordpress.com/2007/11/23/ecuadorian-tagua-nuts/
    7. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
      @kyra, I'm just not sure that it would have the durability for the clasp.

      T A
    8. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
      I stand corrected:
      https://cdn0.rubylane.com/shops/colleyo/LCx20002848.3L.jpg?3

      T A
    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      @TA and kyra - I am surprised that a nut would feel so cold and heavy....

      YIKES! I just looked at another necklace made from tagua nuts on Ruby Lane:

      https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529-LCx20002849/VINTAGE-Carved-VEGETABLE-IVORY-Tagua-Nut
    10. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Here's the whole link from Ruby Lane showing the other necklace:

      https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529-LCx20002848/Vintage-Vegetable-Ivory-Tagua-Nut-Graduated?search=1
    11. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Not sure too if convenient for the screw clasp, T A, but vegetable ivory is rather solid.

      The one in your link is ivory :-)
    12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      I also see that these nut beads are sold wholesale for jewelry making...kind of puts a hole in my boat...LOL!
    13. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      @kyra - I've never even heard of vegetable ivory before today. I wonder if the ones sold for jewelry making are condensed "scraps" of these nuts rather than whole nuts...I don't have a clue.
    14. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      @kyra - hmmm! the appraisal is shown there and it lists the necklace as being vegetable ivory. Did the appraiser made a boo-boo? :-)))))
    15. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      I thought seeing lines as in animal ivory...
      But ready to bow in front of a gemmology appraisal :-D

      Some cheap ones on aliexpress are surely cheating material...

      This eco friendly material is really beautiful, and so similar to elephant tusk!
    16. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      @kyra - I think so, too - reconstituted materials. The beads are too perfect. My necklace has imperfect beads.
    17. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Yep, CW is the place to find the answers to your mysteries! I like that the necklace has the threaded clasp out of the same material, really nice looking! :^)
    18. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      bill - I always look for necklaces with such clasps. Not so easy to find these days.

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