Making jewelry by hand has become a growing industry. Many individuals make handmade jewelry of all types. Some of this jewelry is of excellent quality while a great deal of it is inferior. Generally handmade jewelry is made from local products. In some countries entire communities make jewelry by hand. In South America this is the case.
There are a variety of quality materials available to make jewelry. The majority of these natural materials are derived from tropical plants. These materials include tagua, guadua, cana flecha, cuerno, café, and leather. Tagua is made from a seed of a palm tree grown in Colombia and Ecuador. Guadua is made from a tropical plant similar to bamboo that is native to South America. Cana flecha is made from cana (sugar cane). Cuerno is merely a horn, like bull horns. Café is dried coffee beans. And leather is well known to all. Leather is called cuero in Spanish.
In Ecuador there is a community located in the Andes Mountains, 10,000 above sea level. This community is a small town called Otavalo. Almost the entire population is comprised of a group of indigenous Indians called Otalavenos. They are world renown for their handmade products. They produce some of the most unique and beautiful jewelry in the world and these products sell at very reasonable prices.
One type of jewelry is made of tagua. They utilize tagua to make bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The seed that is used to make tagua is about the size of a golf ball. It is very durable and it makes beautiful jewelry. The bracelets and necklaces made of tagua occasionally incorporate other natural materials. Bracelets seem to be the jewelry of choice to be made from tagua. A bracelet handmade from tagua is normally colorful and very distinct.
Guadua is used to make jewelry that is larger. It is utilized in making bracelets, necklac