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  • Happily, this is quite a light necklace.

  • All the sterling silver is made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. Karen hill tribe silver which is Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process.

  • The charming vintage silver elephant, with his etched ears, upraised trunk, toe nails, hair, and tusks, has an additional amusing touch: the silversmith has added a leaf attached to the down turned tail. Also, his tongue stretches out for something to eat. He is inlaid with coral and measures 5 cm wide, 3.5 cm high and 11.5 mm deep.

  • There are two etched silver beads at 18 mm. And between those beads there is a black jade piece which resembles wings with two eggs within. It is 2.5 cm in diameter.

  • Lastly, a carved bamboo coral melon bead (14 mm) echoes the coral in the elephant, and is topped by a sterling silver bead of 6.5 mm.

  • All the elements hang on a handmade black silk/polyester chain, which, on one of the rings hangs my silver name label.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 48 cm.