The Tamborin is a distinctive style of Filipino jewelry featuring intricate lace-like patterns and filigree designs using gold and silver. It has its roots in Hispano-Arabic influences that came to the Philippines from Spain via Mexico. Iberian designs were incorporated with indigenous styles. At the same time, the influence of Islamic jewelry arrived to the islands through West and South Asian traders came to Manila due to the booming Galleon Trade. By the 18th century, Philippine golden beads, usually made by Tamil and Sinhalese craftsmen, reflected an international Asian style. The massive influence of religion - particularly Christianity - was reflected in Filipino colonial jewelry. Gold bead necklaces were originally meant to function as prayer beads, or Rosarios (in Latin, a garland of roses), and were kept in their proper sequence. However, their religious function soon gave way to the ornamental.
"Filipinos always appreciated the eclectic: the melange of beads of various styles, techniques and ages harkened back to the pre-Hispanic era. The segmentary nature of rosario necklaces allowed eccentricity and individual expression."