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Jewelry From Horse Hooves? Equinite™ Takes Bling Into A Whole New Arena
New carved options in 'gemstone' jewelry made of horse hoof clippings with sterling silver & gold settings created by Vermont entrepreneur, jeweler & 'horse dad.' No horses harmed in this 'green' process of harnessing a renewable resource.
By: Kemp Equine
In addition to smooth Equinite™ cabuchons, Merkert has developed new options that include:
- Carved pieces, such as an all-Equinite™
- Etched or engraved pieces, allowing you to add text such as a message or name.
Other Equinite™ options include:
- Semiprecious and precious stones alongside the gems, such as a centered Equinite™ gem surrounded by diamonds or birthstones;
- Equinite™ gems with a tail hair accent that adds unique stripes; and
- Custom Equinite™ - gems and jewelry made from your own horse’s hoof trimmings.
One question that comes up is, if they’re from hoof clippings, don’t they smell? The answer is no; after being sterliized and processed, the gems are also sealed - there is absolutely no smell. Similar to pearls that come from oysters, the organic material in Equinite™ gems can be worn without concern for either odor or odd looks; no one will know it’s jewelry from a horse’s hoof...unless you tell them.
Equinite™ Gems are great as memorials and gifts; the most popular option at the Equinite™ website is Custom Equinite™ - gems from your own horse’s hooves. They even come with a certificate of authenticity, and the clippings are kept on file in case you ever want to have another piece made from them, such as a pair of earrings to match a pendant. One riding instructor client had gifts made of clippings from the ‘favorite horse’ in the barn, and gave jewelry to all her students as mementos.
Whether it’s for a memorial or a gift, a piece of one-of-a-kind Equinite™ Gems jewelry is one way to both remember a beloved horse and to stand out from the herd.
Visit http://equinite.com to learn more or to place an order. Free shipping to U.S. and Canadian addresses; international shipping available.
The Story of Equinite™: Not long ago, jeweler Robert Merkert bought his daughter a horse. After a visit one day from the farrier (horseshoer)
After several months of trial and error, Merkert developed the proprietary process for creating a new ‘gemstone’
About Kemp Equine: An award-winning organization providing integrated marketing and public relations services to the equine industry. Publisher of the No Biz Like Horsebiz blog at http://kempequine.com.