Antique 18ct Yellow Gold Elephant Hair Ring Circa 1900

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DESCRIPTION (Please scroll to the bottom to view video)

Crafted from 18ct yellow gold this fine example features a single strand of Elephant hair entwined with 18ct yellow gold.

Dating to the days of the British Raj 91858-1947) we believe this one would date to around 1900 or thereabouts.

Bright and lush the 18ct gold contrasts beautifully with the Elephant hair.
Mix and match this lovely example with all manner of your favourite stacking bands!


Elephant hair jewellery is steeped in mythology and history, below is a very brief account.

Elephant hair jewellery originated thousands of years ago with the early African tribesmen who believed elephants were the only connection between the Heavens and the Earth.  They would incorporate elephant tail hair into their jewellery to ward off illness, protect them from harm, to bring them love and happiness.

Later from around the mid eighteenth century when India came under British rule or 'Raj', British colonists, traders and tourist would travel to India to go on safari and hunt exotic game ( it happened.. we do not endorse this ) .... they would ride on the back of the elephant and when finished they would commission pieces of jewellery to be made from their favourite mounts tail hair ( the elephant was not harmed ! ).

These exotic pieces would be brought back home as reminders of their safari and given to loved ones as gifts.


2.09 Wide

0.40 Grams

XRF Tested as 18ct Gold

P or 17.9mm diameter US 7 3/4
Not re-sizable

Very good to excellent vintage condition.  All hair and gold wire is in excellent condition.


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