Elk Antler Necklace with Elk Ivory

$495.00

This ivory antler necklace is made with elk ivory as the center. The ivory has been bezel set in silver. The antlers are also silver. We offer this ivory antler necklace in two sizes. For the smaller ivory antler necklace we use cow ivory. For the larger we tend to use bull ivories. We include the chain in the price. Lastly, we can adjust the length of the chain to your liking.

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This ivory antler necklace is made with elk ivory as the center. The ivory has been bezel set in silver. The antlers are also silver. We offer this ivory antler necklace in two sizes. For the smaller ivory antler necklace we use cow ivory. For the larger we tend to use bull ivories. We include the chain in the price. Lastly, we can adjust the length of the chain to your liking.

Within our antler collection we offer a variety of sizes and metals. For the single pendant we offer it in a larger size and a smaller. The smaller antler doesn’t have the texture that the larger does. We offer these in sterling silver, 14kt yellow or 14kt white gold. We can also have them cast in 14kt rose gold if you would like.

Also within the antler collection we have a piece that represents a full rack. This is available in large or small. Once again the large antlers have the texture and the smaller does not. Furthermore the full antler necklace can be cast in silver or 14kt rose, yellow, or white gold. We can also make this up in a two tone if you would prefer. One particularly attractive version of this ivory antler necklace is to have the ivory set in sterling, but make the antlers 14kt yellow gold.

Long ago in the Mastadonian period the North American elk roamed the plains of what is now the western United States. These beasts were as large as their cousin the bison, massive and strong with bodies built to survive the intense climate. The animals necks were thick and muscular, not only to support the weight of the large antler racks but also support two awesome ivory tusks that loomed out from the top lip.

The extreme environment of the ice age melted and with it the mammals of north America  have genetically mellowed, the large ivory tusks  receding up in front of the eye teeth. Elk are the only native North American land barren animal that has ivory tusks.

To the native americans, elk or wapiti spiritually means stamina. In the early 1800’s the plains indian tribes acknowledged the thrill of tracking, stalking and riding the wind with the power of wapiti. Ivory, “value” adorned every occasion, especially women. A prospective crow Indian suitor would have to supply 300 ivories for his brides wedding dress. The bridesmaids would take pieces of fringe and bead the ivories into concentric rows covering the gown. The ivory trade between trappers and Indians was hot, with ivories being as important as horses and guns.

Here at the gallery over half the store is comprised of one of a kind pieces. As a result, we tend to highlight these distinctive stones and designs. These one of a kind designs typically start with a one of a kind stone. From there our designer will create a one of kind setting. Once the metal has been cast the stones are set with the utmost care. Finally the piece is given a final polish and inspection.

Our designer, Dan Harrison, has been in the jewelry business for over 42 years. In this time he has acquired contacts from all over the world. As a result, Dan is able to acquire some of  the more rare and unique minerals and gems for his creations. Some of these gems and cabochons might not be used for weeks, months, or even years until inspiration strikes. Once the material has spoken to him Dan will start the long, arduous design process. Every step of the design and construction process is overseen personally by Mr Harrison.

 

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