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 absolutely stunning ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This gorgeous ring is made of 18kt yellow gold and has gold strands that twist and intersect, forming the shape of an attractive love knot. The band is smooth, and made of elephant hair the inside of the shank are two French hallmarks, including an eagle and another mark. A fabulous and attractive piece, it looks beautiful when worn, and would make a marvelous addition to any collection.
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold or the elephant hair.