About our Buffalo horn jewellery
Here at Branch jewellery we are passionate about producing ethical, sustainable products and we are pleased to introduce our new handmade Buffalo horn collection.
Buffalo’s are used widely in South East Asia for farming. Many small independent farmers use Buffalo to plough their rice fields. These hardworking and loyal animals are a huge investment for the farmer and because of this they are treated like one of the family. The farmer understands that without a happy and healthy Buffalo he would not be able to farm his land and support his family.
It is thought that Buffalo we’re domesticated around 5000 years ago and since then have been used for farming across Asia. A healthy Buffalo can live up to 40 years. Once this very much loved animal reaches old age and can no longer farm the fields the farmer will sell the Buffalo to be slaughtered and the funds from this will go towards buying another Buffalo. Once slaughtered there is no part of the Buffalo that isn’t put to use. The meat is of course eaten, its hide made into leather goods, its bones are used to make glue and horn is used to make home wares and other items such as combs etc. Small cottage industry workshops have been producing items from Buffalo horn for a very long time and the processes in doing this haven’t changed much over the years.
This beautiful collection of horn jewellery is produced by small independent workshops in rural Vietnam using these age old traditional methods. We are very proud that in the production of our pieces we are supporting local communities in Vietnam though manufacturing and trade.
We ensure all production meets Fair Trade standards and we hope you like this collection as much as we have loved designing it.