Veronica Riley Martens – Eco-friendly Jewelry

From the Amazon rain forest to you | made from Tagua nuts

Veronica Riley Martens - Jewelry made from Tagua nuts

Veronica Riley Martens creates unique mosaic style jewelry using eco-friendly components, primarily Tagua nuts from the Amazon rain forests.

Tagua nuts are the fruit of the Tagua tree, which is in the palm tree family and grows in Central and South America. When the fruit ripens, it falls off the tree where it’s collected from the ground. 

Tagua Nuts are also called Vegetable Ivory because of their similarities to standard ivory.  They are used by artisans and carvers to create jewelry, chess pieces, buttons and more. The nuts are frequently dyed which brings out its natural grain.

We are excited to welcome designer Veronica Riley Martens to the Chicago Artisan Market on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 10am-4pm at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St.) along with 110+ top Chicago artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.

About the designer:
Veronica has always had a flair for fashion and accessories since she was a little girl. Sewing clothes for Barbie dolls and making macrame necklaces were just the start. She earned a bachelors degree in accounting, but after many years in the business world, she knew she needed to make a drastic change.

Veronica returned to college for an associates degree in interior design and worked in the residential sector for many years. She started her jewelry business on the side, and that has continued to grow and flourish. Her interior design influences are evident in her work through the mixing of colors, shapes and textures.

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Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing