From Nut, To Artisan, To You

Our unique and sustainable jewellery is made from tagua, a palm tree seed that grows in the forests of Ecuador, South America.

Known as "vegetable ivory" tagua offers a vegan alternative to elephant ivory. It's beautiful to the touch, takes a high polish, and absorbs vegetable dyes easily.

A true gift from nature!

From nut ...

to artisan ...

Featured Necklaces

  • Amor Tagua Nut Necklace
    Amor Tagua Nut Necklace - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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  • Liliana Tagua Nut Necklace
    Liliana Tagua Nut Necklace - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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    £29.95
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  • Sierra Tagua Nut Necklace
    Sierra Tagua Nut Necklace - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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  • Rachel Tagua Nut Necklace
    Rachel Tagua Nut Necklace - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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Featured Bracelets

  • Ellie Tagua Nut Bracelet
    Ellie Bracelet - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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    £24.95
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  • Teaka Tagua Nut Bracelet
    Teaka Tagua Nut Bracelet - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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  • Inca Tagua Nut Bracelet
    Inca Tagua Nut Bracelet - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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  • Machu Picchu Tagua Nut Bracelet
    Machu Picchu Bracelet - The Happy Elephant - Tagua Jewellery
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What Our Customers Say

How often does one receive a parcel in the post that you put off opening? This morning it was me.

The wrapping, the writing and even the sticker said it all. Someone had given this considerable thought and that was before I looked at the contents.

Thank you Happy Elephant, thank you and thank you.

What a treat!

Shirley G

Tagua has a soft, light, natural feel on the skin. I get so many compliments when I wear it. I am so excited to find the Happy Elephant! I will be a regular customer.

Leah M

I love that it is lightweight and the colours complement beautifully!  I like that it's made from Earth's natural materials and that each piece is unique.

Diane P

I love my Tagua necklace. It is adjustable so I can make it longer or shorter, depending on what I'm wearing. It really is fun to wear. It makes wearing a necklace a happy day because I see so many smiles.

Rene L

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Find Us

Mark and Alison Williams at their market stall The Happy Elephant selling tagua nut jewellery ery

The Happy Elephant is coming to town!

2024

St Albans Market - every Saturday

Outside Sweaty Betty, 33 Market Place, AL3 5DL (at the side of St Albans Museum & Gallery)

Other locations IN ADDITION to St Albans:

27th April - Leighton Buzzard Market, High Street 

27th May (Bank Hol Mon) - Waterside Upmarket, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA

21st-23rd June-Blenheim Palace Flower Show -In the Country & Home Pavilion

30th July-1st Aug - Wonderland Summer Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA-26th Aug (Bank Hol Mon)

26th Aug (Bank Hol Mon)-The Winslow Show, Sheep St, Winslow

29th Aug-The Bucks County Show, Weedon, HP22 4NN

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About Us

Our Story

Paddington left South America for Britain.  We did it the other way around!  In 2015 we left Britain to live in Ecuador, South America.

We are Alison, my husband Mark and our children Bethan & Euan Williams - an ordinary family who decided to do something a little out of the ordinary.  We wanted an adventure, to see new places, meet new people and learn a new language. So we moved to Ecuador and learned Spanish. We enjoyed being involved in a voluntary work and made many lifelong friends.

While in Ecuador I fell in love with tagua nut jewellery - I loved its beautiful colours, feel and fascinating story . I would bring it as gifts for family and friends on visits back to the UK. When we moved back in 2020 we decided to share a slice of Ecuador with you - in the form of tagua nut jewellery! It's great to see others love it just as much as I do. And no wonder as it really is a gift from nature! 

Alison Williams

Family photo in Ecuador from The Happy Elephant