Vintage 9ct Rose Gold Braided Elephant Hair Ring

Crafted from 9ct rose gold this large example a braided Elephant hair ring makes such a statement on the finger!

Wide at 7.5mm with almost the entire circumference featuring braided elephant hair and intertwined with gold wire to a plain section measuring 1.0cm.  We have seen similar examples to which this plain section has had the owners initials engraved, this one is uninscribed and perhaps waiting for you to add your personal monogram.

Dating to the days of the British Raj - 1858 to 1947, this particular example would date to the later part of this era circa 1940’s we believe.

An impressive piece, unusual and lends itself quite well to stacking options.

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
7.5mm
WEIGHT
3.87 Grams
MARKS
None
Tests as 9ct
SIZE
R or 18.8mm diameter US 8 3/4
Not re-sizeable
CONDITION
Very good to excellent vintage condition.  All hair and gold wire is in excellent condition.  Minor makes to plain gold section, insignificant.

Purchase Summary

Laybys available on all items $400 and over. Contact us for more details.

All our items are antique or vintage unless otherwise stated. Condition will be described, it is the responsibility of the buyer to read descriptions and view photos.  Please refer to our guide Caring For Antique & Vintage Jewellery for more details. 

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