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Vintage 9ct Gold Elephant Hair Drop Earrings

Sale price$529.00 USD

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Dating we believe to around the 1970’s-80’s this particularly fine pair earrings are crafted from 9ct yellow gold and five strands of Elephant hair.

Styled for pierced ears with sturdy 9ct shepherds hook fittings which suspend a fancy 9ct gold surmount which pinches the top of the tear drop shaped five strands of Elephant hair.  A further fancy 9ct fitting adorns the lower arch of the five strands.

Measuring a substantial drop of 5cm from the ear lobes these unusual and strikingly attractive earrings will not disappoint!


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.


STONES
None

MEASUREMENTS
Drop 5cm
Width at widest point 1.4cm

WEIGHT
2.92 Grams

MARKS
9K

CONDITION
Very good to excellent preowned condition.  Shepherds hooks are strong and firm.  Elephant hair is in very good condition, no fraying or splits.  Gold capping and accent are excellent.