Giraffe Gold Plated Bangle
The Giraffe Gold Plated Bangle is expandable and makes a beautiful gift for any confident and graceful woman in your life. It’s elegantly packaged with a story card about the giraffe. When you learn more about its magnificent attributes, this bangle feels even more special to wear. Read on to discover more.
Today, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognises giraffes as one species with 9 subspecies. However, a 2007 study on the genetics of giraffes advised that there should be 6 species instead: the West African, Rothschild’s, Reticulated, Masai, Angolan, and South African giraffe.
The biggest subspecies of giraffe is the Masai giraffe. Found in Kenya and Tanzania, it has distinctive, jagged, irregular, star-like blotches that extend to their hooves. In fact, the Masai giraffe got its name in honour of Herr von Tippelskirch. He is a member of a German scientific expedition in East Africa.
Any guesses what a giraffe was called, before it acquired its current name? The answer is Camelopard; i.e. the combination of camel and leopard! Indeed, when the first giraffe was brought to Europe and presented to Julius Caesar in 46 BC, the Romans believed it was a combination of a camel and a leopard. Hence, the species name Camelopardalis. It comes from the Greek kamēlopárdalis, derived from “Kamelos”. The word means “camel,” and “Pardalis,” which means “leopard.”
The modern day word came into being much later. “Giraffe” comes from the French word girafe, which subsequently comes from the Arabic word zarafa. Various interpretations exist on what this word means. These range from “to jump” or “to hurry”, to “assemblage”. The latter stems from the belief of early explorers. They thought the giraffe looked like a compilation of a horse, an ox, and a camel.
The Giraffe Mirage
“A giraffe swaying across the horizon at sunset is as serene and graceful as it was at noontime when it moved across the beat-haze mirage as if it were walking on water.” Norman Myers
Pair this necklace with the Giraffe Gold Plated Earrings to make an unmistakable statement.
Learn more about the giraffe and its symbolism here.