The special meaning behind Duchess Meghan’s jewellery
Duchess Meghan has continued to impress royal fans with her chic fashion choices.
And for the World Elephant Day this year, she debuted a never-before-seen piece of jewellery with significant meaning in a throwback post on Instagram.
To mark the special day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared pictures from their trip to Botswana in 2017. During their travel, the royal couple joined Dr Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in the organisation’s effort to fit 25 elephants with satellite navigation collars for tracking purposes.
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🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘 Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars! These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely. In honour of this amazing support, EWB have named their most recently collared Elephant...ELLEN! We can’t wait to see where she will go! 🐘 Two years ago on World Elephant Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Dr Chase to help in this conservation effort. Below, a few words from Mike and his partner Kelly at EWB: • ‘Today is a day to honor and celebrate the majestic elephant and to make a strong stand for conserving and protecting one of the world’s most beloved animals. elephants are intelligent, sentient beings capable of emotions from joy to grief. They are ‘environmental engineers,’ a key-stone umbrella species, and the fight to save them is in effect, a fight to save entire ecosystems and all wildlife. Today elephants are facing many challenges; habitat loss and competition for resources creates conflict with humans, climate change and fires destroy much needed resources and poaching for the demand of ivory makes elephants bigger targets than ever. African elephants are especially prone to human-wildlife conflict because of their large home ranges. Finding, preserving and creating elephant corridors is therefore of great importance in helping to maintain habitats suitable for movement and minimising human-elephant conflict. Corridors are a mitigation technique to better the livelihoods of local communities and the elephants themselves, by providing environment and ample space for wildlife to navigate from one habitat patch to another, without affecting the livelihoods of communities.’ • EWB - Dr Mike Chase, Ms Kelly Landen . 📸 by DOS © SussexRoyal Additional photos: EWB
In one of the photos, the Duchess could be seen wearing one of her favourite rings – the 14-carat rose-gold Hamsa Ring from Kismet by Milka – on her right hand and a new bracelet on her left wrist.
According to Hello, the silver steel accessory is an elephant hair bracelet, a piece known in Africa for bringing luck. It is believed that the wearer of this bracelet will be blessed with health, prosperity, happiness and love.
While the jewellery was traditionally made from elephant hair, it is made from different materials in recent years, such as wire and beads.
Click through the gallery above to see the bracelet worn by Duchess Meghan.