This pretty necklace features an exquisitely carved buffalo bone elephant pendant created in Bali. It is strung with 16mm rainbow Hickoryite ovals and 20mm Sterling Bali beads, with 4mm Sterling rounds as spacers. The necklace is 20-1/2 inches from end to end, including the attractive ribbon style Sterling silver hook clasp. The pendant is 1-1/2 inches wide and drops 1-1/2 inches from the necklace.
If you like elephants, you will love this one. Never mind that the sculptor put the bail slightly off-center, so that the pendant doesn't hang precisely straight. (I consider that part of the charm of handmade objects.) Instead, look closely at the close-up pictures and see how the artisan has covered the elephant with life-like wrinkles. Incredible! Note: The Balinese use buffalo and cow bones on which to do their carving. They make a point of explaining that the bones are from animals which have come to the end of their useful lives and have passed on.
Three terms associated with elephants are ancient power, strength, and royalty. The white elephant is considered the most sacred (similar to the white buffalo in Native American traditions). One of the most outstanding features of the elephant is the trunk. Because of its relatively poor eyesight, the elephant relies heavily on its sense of smell. For those with an elephant totem, working with incense and fragrant oils can be a powerful and effective tool. Aromatherapy should be studied and used.
Elephants show great affection and loyalty to each other. In the elephant are found the ideals of true societies. Those who have the elephant as totem will usually find themselves in a position where the opportunity to reestablish powerful family and societal ideals will occur. If elephant has come to you, prepare to draw upon the most ancient of wisdom and power. These remarks about the elephant as totem were taken from Ted Andrews' book, "Animal-Speak," which has more to say than there is room for here.
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