All materials we use for carving our jewelry, earrings, and pendants are native to the region in which we create our goods and are sourced from only licensed, regulated sources or as a result of obtaining food (coconut shell, bone & horn). In addition to the importance of using sustainable resources, the materials are chosen also for their natural beauty. We do not use any varnishes or other surface treatments, but rather utilize the color of natural materials. Any exotic or rare species we use is plantation grown not wild harvested. We do not buy materials from the black market or use any old growth wood. We pride ourselves in the careful hand selection of our materials.
WATER BUFFALO HORN,
LATIN NAME: bubalus bubalis.
ORIGIN: South-East Asia
HARVESTING PRACTICE: The horn we use is a by-product of meat production and farming practice.
OTHER DETAILS: Recycled. The water buffalo of South East Asia is a domesticated animal. It is used to plow fields and carry loads. They are well treated and important to the survival of the native people. When they are too old to work, they are eaten and all part of the animal are utilized. They are never taken in pursuit of the bones and horns!
Our Source: Ours comes from the Island of Lombok, Indonesia.
About the horn jewelry and its care: horn is very much like your hair or fingernails in nature, and requires care! Take care to protect it from harsh elements and not to drop it or sit or step on it! The horn needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will maintain the color and preserve the smooth surface. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.