Charming late Victorian Elephant hair ring accented with a 9ct rose gold diamond shaped panel with monogram initials (which we cannot decipher).
With a single strand of Elephant hair and the desirable woven gold strand wrapping beautifully around the entire circumference ending art the delicate 11mm x 7mm diamond panel.
Increasingly hared to find and so very popular this lovely all original Victorian ring is a must for the serious collector.
Diamond panel - 11 x 7mm
None - Panel tests to 9ct
O or 17.5mm diameter US 7 1/2
Very good antique condition. Gold is secure around Elephant hair. Some minuscule nibbles to hair near Shield. Shield panel is secure. Care has to be taken with Elephant hair ring of this age, never immerse in water or ultrasonic cleaning machine.
History of Elephant Hair Jewellery
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.