Sea Turtles StackRegular price $78.00 AUD Sale price $69.00 AUD
The Hawksbill & Leatherback Sea Turtles
Handmade with tempered glass
Say hello to the Hawksbill and Leatherback sea turtle bracelets handmade by artisans using tempered glass and 24K gold plated beads, available in two styles, stretch elastic or adjustable cotton.
The stretch bracelet measures 17cm / 6.5 inches in length. The adjustable bracelet uses toughened cotton and fits any size of wrist between 13 cm (5.2 inches) and 24 cm (9.5 inches).
Gift packaging - A Gift that gives back
Every band comes in its own drawstring fabric pouch together with a planting certificate for your 20 trees. You address your certificate personally (by hand) which explains how your trees combat global warming to help people and animals alike. There is also a gift card on which you can write a personal message, the back of which tells you all about Leatherback or Hawksbill Sea Turtles and why they are endangered.
Your bracelet & care
The tempered glass beads will hold their colours in water although they should not be exposed to perfumes, chemicals, cosmetics and the like. The 24K gold plated beads should be treated like all gold jewellery (see care guide).
Your order will be processed within 2 business days of receipt. Shipments are tracked and details for the delivery service you choose are shown on checkout.
Hawksbill Sea Turtles are so called because their mouths are narrow and pointed, resembling the beak of a hawk. The Hawksbill is the smallest of the sea turtles, growing 2 to 3 feet long and weighing a massive (for its size) 100 pounds owing to the weight of its shell. There are now around 21,500 nesting Hawksbill Turtles left in the world spread across 5 populations. When you think that thousands of turtles are killed every year, you can see why the Hawksbill is now a 'critically endangered' species i.e. on the verge of extinction.
We've created a bracelet capturing the colours of the Hawksbill's shell - the hues of browns and greens it collects on this armour plating as it migrates around the world. The Hawksbill looks almost iridescent after swimming perhaps millions of miles in the deep. Whilst great travelers, their habitats are the world's coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world, is a favorite Celebrate this wonderful creature who is over 100 million years old - they have been on the planet a lot longer than us!
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the closest living relative to the dinosaur and the third heaviest reptile in the world (after two species of crocodile). They grow up to 7 feet long and 2,000 pounds, a ton! That's pretty good going when you think that their diet is mainly jelly fish! The world's Leatherback population has declined by 40% since 1980 and there are just 30,000 females left today, making them vulnerable to extinction. Leatherbacks have a royal lineage which goes back over a hundred million years and you can see this awesome history etched into their faces, shells and feet. Our tortoiseshell bracelet seeks to capture some of their magnificence in the colours especially as it captures the light. The Leatherback is now an endangered species and despite outliving every other species on the planet the plastic bag looks to be their nemesis.
Sea turtles can't retract their heads and legs into their bodies, so their shells aren't really homes as such, more like an armored shield. And its this armour that's helped them to become one of the oldest living species on the planet today - turtles were trawling the world's oceans over 100 million years ago when T-Rex was hunting dinosaurs on land.
Sadly their shield is no match for the threats humanity as introduced into the oceans including plastic bags which they eat mistaking them for jelly fish (their favourite food); discarded fishing nets, which they get caught up in and drown and, of course, they are hunted for meat. But it's Global Warming that will likely determine their destiny. In the oceans, warmer waters are bleaching the reefs destroying the turtles' natural habitats, and on land, the hotter sands in which turtles lay their eggs are producing more male than female turtles. The heat of the sand in which the eggs gestate determines the sex of the hatchlings and, the warmer it gets, the fewer females and the fewer eggs in future. People, the seas and the lands all seem totally aligned against these gorgeous little creatures who've been around forever.