Vegetable Ivory

by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-01-25 15:30:04 UTC
Sustainability Aspects: Using palm seeds as an ivory replacement in jewelry and accesoires

vegetable ivory

Ivory palm tree nuts is a beautiful renewable material for jewelry and smaller details like button and knobs and the like. The hard inner core resembles ivory. Over its life the ivory-palm tree drops hundreds of seeds to the ground

Ivory palm tree grows in Micronesia and the harvesting and carving of it is leading to a sustainable business for the locals.

For Design for a living world Ted Mueling travelled to Micronesia and designed a collection of jewelry of which a few examples in the pictures

Designer: Ted Mueling
Manufacturer: Ted Mueling
Category: Jewelty


ivory palm nuts and necklace
vegetable ivory
ivory palm nuts and necklace
by Ted Mueling

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