The nut of the Tagua palm (Phytelephas macrocarpa) is when dried exceptionally hard for a vegetable material (2,5 on Mohs scale) and with its white colour and shine a beautiful material.
It is used for jewelry, marquetry, finish material for luxury products (knives, pens etc.), musical instruments and figurine carving (scrimshaw, netsuke).
We offer 5 sizes of tagua nuts, from mini to extra large.
Note: As of January 2019 the names of the size classes have been changed: the small nuts now being called mini, the medium nuts now small etc.
Which size to choose
Smaller nuts are ideal for making beads and other jewelry pieces, large nuts for carving.
For slicing and cutting choose the smallest size that fits your needs.
We recommend the larger nuts for carving.
When tagua dries the material looses water and therefore shrinks. This causes cracks inside the nut.
The cracks are small with smaller sizes and get bigger with larger nuts.
When slicing larger sizes do so lengthwise on the three sides of the nuts, so the odds you'll hit the cracks is minimal.