The tagua nut Open Minds Earrings will be a trendsetting addition to any wardrobe. Sustainably harvested from palm-like trees in South America, tagua nuts are easy to shape and color and safer for makers than many synthetic materials. Tagua nut is known as "vegetable ivory" because when the nut is first harvested it is similar in color and look to actual ivory. Using tagua nut is a sustainable and cruelty free alternative to an ivory type material that typically comes from animals such as elephants and rhinos. Tagua nut can be dyed and formed in any color and shape!