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Have Your Horse with You Wherever You Go with a Horsehair Bracelet

January 22, 2015 3 Comments

Horsehair jewellery is a great way for riders to always have just a little piece of their beloved pony or horse with them all the time.

Horsehair can be incorporated in a wide range of jewellery items - bracelets, key rings, stock pins, necklaces and brooches. People who have more than one special horse sometimes have the hair of each of the horses plaited together. Using contrasting strands from, say, a grey and a black or bay looks really stylish. Chele Clarkin and Geoff Taylor of The Cambridge Collection are always interested in hearing about horse owners’ own horsehair jewellery ideas. To see some of the exciting jewellery that they have already created with horsehair, go to our horsehair jewellery collection.

Horse Hair and Snaffle Bit Bracelets
Horsehair and snaffle bit bracelets.

 

Providing the horsehair for personalized jewellery

If you cut the hair from the back of the dock, the cutting mark will be less noticeable. Mane hair is not suitable for jewellery as it is too fine. (If you are unable to provide hair from your own horse, The Cambridge Collection can supply horsehair for your jewellery.)

The strands of hair need to be clean and of the same length. That enables the binding of the hair to be secure and to wear well.

For bracelets and necklaces, the hair must be at least 30cm in length and about one thumb thickness through. Any leftover horsehair, it is returned to the person who has ordered the jewellery. Bracelets usually finish up at about 19 cm or 7 ½”, but can be made to any suitable length.

Stock pins and brooches take about 10 cm of horsehair and the bundle should be the thickness of a little finger.

Once the hair is cut, bind it with a rubber band. Carefully lay the bundle on paper, wrap it and send it to The Cambridge Collection for plaiting.

Horse Hair with 9ct Gold Catch and Diamond Stirrup Bracelet
Horsehair with 9ct gold catch and diamond stirrup bracelet.

 

Turning the horsehair into jewellery

Making hard-wearing and attractive horsehair jewellery is a task for experts. Bracelets are made to each person’s individual requirements. As one-off pieces, they are time-consuming to make and produced with care and love. The Cambridge Collection people are, themselves, horse-mad so they understand how precious the horsehair jewellery they make will be to each owner.

A range of precious metals can be used - yellow, rose or white gold, or sterling silver, or any combination of those metals.

Designs may be plain, or could include snaffle bits in the centre or maybe a plaque that can be hand-engraved. Bracelet ends are solid and the slide clasp is a handmade, so it is tough. The Cambridge Collection produces hand-carved caps with a horse shoe nail on each end. Slide clasp catches are handmade and hammer-hardened to make sure they will stand up to the rough life they often get around horses.

Horse Hair with Sterling Silver Name Plaque
Horsehair with sterling silver name plaque.
Assorted Horse Hair Jewellery
Assorted horsehair jewellery.

 

Long term wear

The workmanship that goes into The Cambridge Collection’s horsehair jewellery ensures that each piece wears well. However, horsehair can become a little tatty over time. If this happens, the hair can be removed, a fresh bundle of hair can be plaited, and that can be reattached to the existing ends.

Famous riders who have horsehair jewellery

Katie Laurie (née McVean) has two items of horse hair jewellery – one from Flower Power, the mother of all her homebred show-jumpers, and the other from Delphie, who was one of Flower Power’s babies and a special horse for Katie. Delphie has since been sold to Saudi Arabia, but she stays close to Katie in a special piece of commemorative jewellery.

Katie’s father, Jeff McVean loves his key ring made from hair from Flower Power’s tail.

Owners and breeders often appreciate a thank-you gift made from one of their horses.

Assorted Horse Hair Jewellery
Katie with Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark and her horsehair bracelet.

 



3 Responses

maxine
maxine

August 07, 2015

how much would it cost to get a horse hair snaffle bit bracelet with my horses hair.

Vicky Shore
Vicky Shore

February 02, 2015

Absolutely love my equestrian jewellery, thank you very much to Chele and the Cambridge collection team. If you want gorgeous handcrafted jewellery then this is defiantly the place to go!! Thanks again!! :)

Robbie Kay
Robbie Kay

January 22, 2015

This is very cool Chele. The idea of owners having jewellery made with from the tail of their horse is especially awesome. Cheers

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Size Guide

In our quest to make a huge collection of jewellery designs with multiple sizes, we understand that online it can be difficult to grasp the true size of the item without seeing and holding the product in the real world. In order to try and help you we have made these size comparison images for our snaffle bit bracelet and stirrup pendant ranges.


Snaffle Bit Bracelet Size Compare 

Snaffle bit bracelet compare size
Mini to super jumbo snaffle bit bracelet size compare.

Stirrup Pendant Size Compare

Stirrup Pendant Size Comparison
Mini to super jumbo snaffle stirrup pendant size comparison.

Download our ring, snaffle bit bracelet and stirrup pendant size guide 

 

 

 

Ring Size Guide

If you need a specific size for your ring please add it to your order. If you want to know your exact size we recommend going into your local jewellers to have your finger sized. To give you a better idea of our ring, stirrup pendant and snaffle bit bracelet sizes we recommend downloading our actual size reference sheet which needs to be printed on an A4 sheet of paper at 100%.

Inside Diameter
Australia | New Zealand & UK
United States & Canada
13.26 mm
D
2
13.46 mm
13.67 mm
E
13.87 mm
14.07 mm
F
3
14.27 mm
14.48 mm
G
14.68 mm
14.88 mm
H
4
15.09 mm
15.29 mm
I
15.49 mm
J
15.70 mm
5
15.90 mm
K
16.10 mm
16.31 mm
L
16.51 mm
6
16.71 mm
M
16.92 mm
17.12 mm
N
17.32 mm
7
17.53 mm
O
17.73 mm
17.93 mm
P
18.14 mm
8
18.34 mm
Q
18.54 mm
18.75 mm
R
18.95 mm
9
19.15 mm
S
19.35 mm
19.56 mm
T
19.76 mm
10
19.96 mm
U
10¼
20.17 mm
10½
20.37 mm
V
10¾
20.57 mm
11
20.78 mm
W
11¼
20.98 mm
11½
21.18 mm
X
11¾
21.39 mm
12
21.59 mm
Y
12¼
21.79 mm
Z
12½
22.00 mm
12¾