Victorian 18kt & Elephant Hair Hoop Earrings
Elephant hair jewelry originated thousands of years ago as part of ancient African mythology. Elephants, known for their massive size and magnificent presence, were believed to be the only connection between the Earth and the Heavens. The tribesmen incorporated elephant hairs into their jewelry to bring them love, keep them strong and safe from harm, and ward off potential sickness. Elephants naturally and continuously shed the thick hairs from their tails, which are then collected and used to create wearable pieces of art. This African tradition is still continued in the present day, without posing any harm to the revered animals. However, fine Vintage and antique pieces of elephant hair jewelry are especially rare and very collectable!
An attractive and unusual pair of elephant hair earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each hoop style earring is comprised of an 18kt yellow gold frame, which features natural elephant hairs wrapped around the outer surface. The elephant hairs have a dark, matte color and are secured in place by three yellow gold bands that wrap around the outside of the hoop. The contrast between the dark elephant hairs accented by the vibrant yellow gold setting gives the earrings a very eye-catching appearance! At the top of each hoop is a hinged yellow gold earring wire, which snaps securely into place within a small gold loop clasp. The wires are stamped with two small hallmarks near the top. These fashionable earrings have a very versatile look that would compliment any ensemble. They would be perfect for daily wear and would make a very unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hang 1 1/4" long and measures 1/8" thick. The diameter of each hoop is approximately 1".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or natural elephant hairs. The earring wires are secure and in good working condition.