This is just about one of the coolest bracelets ever! It's so chock full of rustic tribal style but it definitely has a modern, structural feel to it too. What a great fusion of unique elements! This original one-of-a-kind bracelet makes a bold statement and will make you feel rich in soul and intriguing, like you're wearing an exotic artifact from a museum.
I've been loving the color combination of charcoal gray and amber yellow and I designed this piece to coordinate with my intensely beautiful Carabao Choker. The beautiful gray/brownish chunky beads are exotic horn beads that come from the horn of the water buffalo, called carabao in the Philippines.
Some of the horn beads in this collection are from the Philippines and some are from Vietnam. The water buffalo is a very important animal in both of these countries for farming, milk and sometimes for food. They are highly valued and are not killed for the horn; it is important culturally to use the entire animal and let nothing go to waste once the animal dies and this is one of the ways the horns are used.
The beautiful focal bead was created by artists in Kathmandu, Nepal and is amber tree resin capped by intricate silver work. The amber yellow beads are coconut wood from Indonesia. The yellow beads at the ends are resin as well. I used a horn fish hook charm, also from the Philippines and fishing is another very important industry to this island nation. The other charm has a tagua nut coin and charcoal gray hematite beads and it closes with an antiqued silver lobster clasp.
I have designed a whole Carabao Collection as can be seen in the pictures so be sure to check it out! The Carabao Chandelier Earrings go particularly well with this Philippine inspired bracelet.