Since ancient times, elephants have held deep symbolism for many cultures across the world. Consistently a symbol of strength and wisdom, the image of the elephant has been used to adorn religious items and humbler artifacts. In Africa, the figure of the elephant often symbolizes a tribal chief. In India, elephants are revered, respected and closely associated with the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. Even in popular culture, elephants — such as Dumbo and Babar — are deeply beloved characters.
Often seen as noble creatures, elephants are praised for both their gentle wisdom and militant abilities. The remarkably long life span of these animals has made them symbols of longevity. They are well-known for their unusual intelligence and long memories. They are very family-oriented and one of the only non-human species known to use tools. Unfortunately, the now-illegal ivory trade has decimated the proud species following years of poaching. However, the conservation and anti-poaching efforts of the past few decades have done enormous good in preserving and protecting these majestic creatures.
Here are some of our favorite ways to add pretty pachyderms to your look!
From the Beladora Archives: Vintage Ruser Elephant Brooch
A sweet Mid-Century pin, this vintage brooch by William Ruser is utterly adorable and brings back happy memories of Dumbo.
From the Beladora Archives: Vintage Elephant Ring with Gemstones
A bejeweled beauty fit for a maharajah! We adore the bold, Boho style and Indian inspiration behind this vintage golden elephant ring that glimmers with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
From the Beladora Archives: Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond Elephant Earrings
From the Beladora Archives: Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond Necklace
Talk about a happy family! We love this sweet suite of luxe golden elephant jewels gleaming with sapphires, emeralds and dazzling diamonds!
From the Beladora Archives: Cartier Diamond Elephant Brooch
A Cartier classic and collector’s choice, this beautiful diamond-set brooch is the ultimate in elephant accessories!
From the Beladora Archives: Cartier Walking Elephant Earrings
Cartier’s ultra-luxe earrings are a gorgeous choice for day or night…the perfect example of chic elephants on parade.