Author: Ordasi Ágnes


The horse, both like a partner and

like a working animal, has been

present in human life for millennia.

The man of the past wanted to utilize

all his cartilage, so the horse’s fur was

also processed. The fi rst surviving work

is from around the 12nd century, which

was a woman’s hair band. Similar supplements

were worn by the Baltic people

until the 20th century. Subsequently,

the oldest horsehair ring that survived,

is from the fi rst half of the 17th century

and was made in Spain. Jewellery from

that age was characterized by Baroque

splendour. In the Netherlands, after

1685, horsehair jewellery became widespread,

brought by Protestants fl eeing

French lands. In the 19th century, geometric

shapes appeared all over Europe,

and in addition to geometric patterns,

the products were often given names

and courting words. These commodities

were present in Italy, Denmark, Norway,

England and northern Germany. The

fashion to wear this traditional jewellery

spread from the beginning of the

20th century. It became very common

in Romania and Slovenia, thus, women

wore necklaces, headdresses and earrings

made of horsehair, while men wore

watch chains and bracelets.

During the First World War, soldiers

and Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of

war revived the art of jewellery making,

mainly from Somorja (which is next to

the Danube) to Szentmihá ly.

The making of horsehair jewelleries is

a time-consuming process, so mainly

shepherds, prisoners and prisoners of

war were employed with this kind of art.

The Hungarian relic is a needle holder

made of horsehair with the inscription:


During his imprisonment which was in

Kufstein, Sándor Rózsa also made rings

from the already mentioned material

and then he later sold them.

The folk artist György Németh told that

Sándor Bodrogi was the most famous

master of horsehair jewellery making in




Horsehair jewelleries are made

from the fur of a horse’s cauldron,

mane and tail. These materials

are strong, fl exible and elastic enough

for machining. The hair of a long ponytail

with a shiny surface is most suitable for

the production of jewellery, and its braid is

almost unbreakable. It has a hollow structure

like the hair of humans, so it is hygroscopic

and insulating. Masters usually

work the fur of stallions and prefer black

as it prevails best on the skin. They combined

the horsehair with other materials and

make magical and special jewelleries.

Many foreign artists have taken this craft

to an outstanding level, which brings the

concept of horsehair jewellery making

into a new dimension. They combined the

horsehair with other quality materials like

gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum.

In these jewelleries, the tradition and design

are united with peak technology. A

team of dedicated experts’ hand-weaves

the pattern inside the jewellery, supplemented

with precious metal fi bres if it is

necessary. The goldsmiths design and

execute the shape of the jewellery to the

highest standards in order to protect the

braided horsehair and make it as exclusive

as possible.

During the production of these elegant

and unique jewelleries, there are often personal

stories and emotional

threads in the background.

In most cases, customers

ask for the production of

jewellery from the hair

of their own goods, thus

also expressing the attachment

to their horses. In

this case they receive a tangible

memory, which gives

a higher value in addition

to elegance.

The combination of expertise,

textures found in nature

and individual desires

creates an impressive result

condensed into a tiny piece

of jewellery.

These premium quality

jewelleries can cost from

hundreds of euros to thousands.

Outstanding masters

live in England, Germany

and the United States.