Mad Mare™ products are hand-crafted in the USA from quality, imported, padded leather, gemstones, Czech glass, TierraCast® (pewter, gold and silver-plate), Bali and Tibetan-style (gold and silver-plate) beads and Swarovski® Crystal Elements.
Each bead in a Mad Mare™ product is hand-stitched into the channel with 12 pound test beading wire, not glued, like many other browbands are.
Although created with the show ring in mind, most Show Flair products can be used for every day riding. With prices starting at $60 for a basic browband, Show Flair is affordable glamor for you and your horse.
Custom or Ready Made
Not sure which colors or styles may suit your horse? Send us a few pictures, or, better yet, a video, and we can make suggestions. If you are local to Aldie, Virginia, call (703-327-5196) and make an hour-long studio appointment. We have many catalog bands, stock pins, bun covers and bracelets in stock for you to look at and purchase. Made Mare™ browbands look lovely in photos, but in person — WOW! Bring your friends!
Most catalog products can be created in different colors or with different gemstones. Substitions with similar stones we already have in stock can be made at no extra cost. For the more discerning horse person, a custom band. Mad Mare™ can create a special design from stones you specify or suggestions we make. Custom bands start at $100, and this includes the initial research and purchases required to source and obtain sample beads for your band. Additional research and sourcing costs are billed as needed and with prior approval.
Base and Precious Metal Beads
Mad Mare™ uses TierraCast®, silver plated, gold plated and pewter beads, as well as copper, brass and several different types of Tibetan and Bali styles.
Metal beads are treated with a special jewelry lacquer and then allowed to air-dry for several hours. After this, they are cured in an oven for 6-8 hours. This process is performed twice in order to ensure that the beads stay as shiny and non-tarnished/oxidized for as long as possible.
Whenever possible, Mad Mare™ uses graded gemstones. A few of our more popular stones are: lapis lazuli, garnet, rhodonite, Russian charoite, black onyx, several different types of jasper and agate, citrine, amethyst, chrysocolla, moonstone, labradorite, rhyolite, bronzite, rose quartz, abalone, tiger eye, pyrite and kambaba jasper.
Some gemstones, such as “sea sediment” jasper and black onyx, are dyed or treated and a few gemstones have non-standard names which makes their actual identify difficult. If this is a concern to you, please ask.