12 AUGUST 2019 – @SussexRoyal shared photos from The Duke & Duchess’ trip to Botswana in 2017 to mark #WorldElephantDay.
In one of the images we can see that Meghan is wearing her Catbird, Threadbare stacking rings, yellow gold, $44 and Kismet by Milka ‘Hasma’ ring, $300.
Meghan is also wearing a bracelet we’ve not seen before. It appears to be an “Elephant Hair” wire bracelet in silver.
UPDATE 14 AUGUST: The below bracelet by American Rhino, based in Boston, is a close match to the one Meghan is wearing. It is the Elephant Hair bracelet in silver with 4 Strands, $350. The bracelets are made in Botswana.
We’ve heard from the company and while we’re unable to confirm if Meghan’s bracelet came from American Rhino, they do donate 10% of all sales to the American Rhino Foundation, which contributes to the African wildlife conservation efforts.
American Rhino offers the bracelets in a number of other metals as well, such as gold and a silver patina in 2 or 4 strands starting at $175.
Another match for the bracelet, shown below, is by Mokoro Crafts based in Botswana, $348.
Mokoro donates their profits to Blue Sky Society Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping people and animals in need.
It would make sense that the bracelet Meghan is wearing came from Botswana as she and Harry have spent some time there on several trips.
You will find that some bracelets were and are made from actual strands of hair from the elephant tail. Today, with regards to conservation efforts in protecting elephants, the bracelets are commonly made from silver, gold or copper wire.
More from Matt Buvinghausen, Aventura jewelry on the Legend of the Elephant Hair bracelet —
The Elephant Hair Bracelet is perhaps one of the most recognized pieces of symbolic jewelry of its kind.
Tribal Legend over 2000 years old states that the soul of the elephant passes through the tail when he dies. The sacred strands of hair from his tail are then woven and knotted in a symbolic manner to form a bracelet which evokes the power to protect its wearer with the elephants strength, wisdom, and spirit.
Worn on the left wrist brings luck in the hunt or quest. Worn on the right wrist brings success in exploits of love.
The four knots represent earth, sun, moon, and stars.
Opening and closing the bracelet each time its worn passes the knots over the strands which symbolize the changing seasons creating harmony and balance between earth and it’s people.
With the decline in the population of the African Elephant, we have chosen not to add to the shortage by using elephant hair, but rather offer a more attractive and longer lasting piece of jewelry, still representative of the old Africa.”
We will update and provide more information if the piece is identified.