Charm is an individual assessment. For me, this vintage, sterling silver elephant, complete with his mahout (trainer and carer) riding on his back, encapsulates this word. The pendant (originally it was a brooch, but has now been altered to a pendant) is also redolent of the Raj, that inglorious or glorious (depending on your perspective) period when the British ruled India. Whatever perspective you take, the Raj was a colourful period.
The sterling silver pendant has been finished in enamel and marcasite, all in excellent condition. The mahout, who wears green trousers, a blue shirt and a red cap, rides assuredly cross-legged, on an elephant wearing a cream and tan blanket, lined in marcasite, with a silver tassel hanging down. The elephant, is in grey enamel, with his floppy ears and his trunk outstretched. He is even more endearing with his toes and skin, clearly delineated. The pendant is 1 ½ inches across and stands at 1 ¼ inches high.
The pendant hangs on a five-strand necklace of natural, cultured, baroque freshwater pearls and tourmaline quartz.
Four strands of the necklace are of a silver, baroque pearl (5 mm).
The fifth strand is of natural tourmaline quartz discs (7 mm ) with its tiny black rutiles within the discs.
All five strands feed into two handmade, sterling silver barrels, (9 mm) embossed in a twist pattern, by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand.
A handmade silver toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 16 inches long (41 cm) with a 1 ¼ inch pendant drop.
Unique, stunningly chic gemstone necklaces, known as wearable art
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