The House of the Ruby Elephant

Joseph James, Norfolk, UK

Purveyor of Distinctive Early 20th Century Avant-Garde Jewellery

Bronze Rating Bronze
Member since 2014

Specialising in Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Skonvirke and Art Deco Silver Jewellery

About The House of the Ruby Elephant

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We pride ourselves in offering a friendly and professional service. We aim to dispatch items within one to two working days of receipt of cleared payment.
About Us
The House of the Ruby Elephant is run from England's beautiful North Norfolk coast by Joe James.

The shop specialises in Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Skonvirke and Art Deco silver jewellery with particular emphasis on German Jugendstil and the firm of Theodor Fahrner.

Joe has an Etsy shop called The Lovely Jumble which began selling vintage and collectable items but has become primarily focused on jewellery.

Below is a humorous and fantastical poem inspired by The Lovely Jumble and the inspiration for this shop's title. It was written by Joe's brother, the poet Christopher James.


We only handle objects of the rarest providence
like the silver, blue stone butterfly pendant that once
hung from the neck of Marie, Countess of Austria
She pressed it into the hand of her daughter
in the first hour of the first day of the First World War.
At the House of the Ruby Elephant our quality is
guaranteed; our postage and packing is free.

These silver enamel cuff links embedded
with amazonite stones are likely to have been worn
by Howard Carter on the day he opened up the tomb
of Tutankhamen. We believe they were left
on the dresser the day he was bitten by a mosquito,
which began the legend of the famous curse.
All purchases are made at the customer’s own risk.

Feel free to browse and inspect the rare
Jugendstil gold washed silver stickpin with its
strange futuristic head and pair of red eyes,
said to be modelled on a child’s account
of an unexplained incident in the Black Forest
in the first decade of the twentieth century.
We are proud to support the Martian arts.

Some things we hold back from sale,
like the silver brooch inscribed with runes
found on a buckle in Norway from 700 AD.
Feel free to call in or visit us online.
For the right offer, we are pleased to be awoken.
Except at eleven, when we stop for coffee and oranges,
The House of the Ruby Elephant is always open.