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This striking necklace has an array of silver and bead charms attached to a stamped silver elephant spirit ring which, in itself, is believed to bring good luck.
This striking necklace has an array of fine silver and bead charms attached to a stamped silver elephant 'spirit' ring which, in itself, is believed to bring good luck. Cutouts in the silver ring reveals the 'hair' within - a synthetic material is used rather than actual elephant hair and so symbolises the talismanic tradition of this design.
Charms include a large turquoise bead in howlite which is contrasted with a small amethyst gemstone, a stamped silver leaf hanging on a fine belcher chain, a straight silver stem and a finely detailed fine silver flower with 5 petals.
The necklace is made by the Karen Hill Tribe who are subsistence farmers in remote Northern Thailand and who have a strong spiritual connection with their land and nature in general. This is reflected in the traditional designs in their jewellery. The silversmithing can be fitted in around the needs of their farming and ensures that this valuable and skillful tradition is kept alive.
Thai silver is 99.9% pure, in contrast with sterling silver at 92.5% purity, and this means that it tarnishes less quickly and requires less regular polishing to retain its appeal.
Closed with silver ring clasp. Clasp has silver tag attached with 3 tiny flower stamps and hallmarks.
Dimensions: Necklace length: 2 sterling silver belcher chains, each 23cm, attach to 2cm diameter pendant ring, giving total length of 48cm. Pendant drop: 9cm from top of spirit ring.