Teton Pendant with Elk Ivory

$2,570.00

This Teton pendant features a locally harvested Elk Ivory. Accenting the Bull Ivory is a .08ct Diamond. Both the Elk Ivory and the Diamond are set in 14kt yellow gold. This is the only Teton pendant that incorporates an Elk Ivory. The chain is not included in the price.

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This Teton pendant features a locally harvested Elk Ivory. Accenting the Bull Ivory is a .08ct Diamond. Both the Elk Ivory and the Diamond are set in 14kt yellow gold. This is the only Teton pendant that incorporates an Elk Ivory. The chain is not included in the price.

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.

14kt gold is a great metal for an active lifestyle. It is a harder alloy than 18kt gold. This results in less scratches and, therefore, less polishing. In comparison to 18kt, which is 75% gold, the 14kt has 58.5% gold. To that end, it is a lighter weight alloy than platinum or 18kt. 14kt gold looks great when it is brushed or polished.

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 bison. Massive and strong with bodies built to survive the intense climate. The animals necks were thick and muscular. This was to support the weight of the large antler racks. Additionally, the neck muscles supported two ivory tusks.

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, wapiti spiritually means stamina. In the early 1800’s the plains indian tribes acknowledged the thrill of tracking and stalking these animals. 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.

The Tetons stand over 7,000 feet above the valley floor. From almost anywhere in Teton valley the peaks are visible. For most of the year snow is covering the tops of the peaks. Being such an iconic image, we feature a number of mountain designs. This includes Teton pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets.

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 gemstones. 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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