South and East Africa

Elephant and Giraffe Hair Necklaces, Bracelets and Rings

Nearly every craft market in South Africa has a large number of "Elephant Hair" bracelets Many are made from plastic or local grasses, although they are quite easily distinguishable from the real thing, when a  sample is burnt.
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The items below are real tail hair, naturally discarded by the animals and collected by keepers and wardens at numerous Wildlife and Safari Parks in East and Southern Africa.
No animals were endangered in this process.

The trade did both supplement the incomes of those responsible for caring for the animals and helped to preserve interest in their care. But recently  the trade in the supply and making of these items has been stopped in the African countries that were supplying our stock. So once our remaining few items are sold .. there will be no replacements available for us to offer.
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Elephant Hair is pliable and thicker than Giraffe Hair ... both types are unusual curios.
It is widely believed that in wearing these genuine bracelets, rings and necklaces -
the owner will be protected from illness and accident and should attain great fortune.
The knots represent the earth and nature and the strands represent the seasons of the year.

For calculating the size to fit you .. either measure the diameter of a bracelet you already own or make a circle of cord which just fits over your hand .. and measure its diameter.

Elephant Hair Bracelets

3 Knot Elephant thin Hair Bracelets
Sizes measured across their diameter 21

Item Number

Open

Closed

sa 236-01

78 mm

58 mm Sold

sa 236-02

67 mm

54 mm Sold

sa 236-03

52 mm

48 mm (1)

2 Knot Elephant thick Hair Bracelets
Sizes measured across their diameter 18

Item Number

Open

Closed

sa 236-04

83 mm

64 mm Sold

sa 236-05

78 mm

58 mm Sold

sa 236-06

67 mm

54 mm (3)

(1) = Number available

Finger / Toe Rings

Elephant Hair

1 knot / 1 strand
19 to 23 mm diam.
sa 240   3
6 assorted sizes
available - buy all for 14

2 knot / 2 strands
at top - adjustable
19-25 mm diam.
sa 240a  3
15 assorted sizes
available - buy all for 30

Giraffe Hair

1 knot / 10 strands
21 to 23 mm diam.
sa 241   3
8 assorted sizes
available - buy all for 20

2 knot / 10 strands
adjustable
18-25 mm diam.
sa 241a  3
2 assorted sizes
available - buy all for 5

Giraffe Hair Bracelets

Rarer to find are these Giraffe Hair products ... much finer and more pliable hair than the Elephants' ... with up to 30 strands on the bracelets and 10 strands on the rings

Three 8 x 6 mm knots
Adjustable 52 - 66 mm diameter
sa 239   24 Sold

Two 8 x 6 mm knots
Adjustable 46 - 83 mm diameter
sa 239 a   21 Sold

Giraffe Hair with Copper

Sizes measured across their diameter
sa 239 b @ 26 each

Item #

Diameter

Item #

Diameter

sa 239 b-01

73 mm Sold

sa 239 b-03

61 mm Sold

sa 239 b-02

65 mm Sold

sa 239 b-04

53 mm Sold

Necklaces

Elephant Hair
14 to 20 knots - Length 20 ins / 61 cm
sa 235   20   Sold

Giraffe Hair
18 to 24 knots - Length 24 ins / 61 cm
sa 242   24   ( 2 available )

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