Width: 1 inches
Length: 2 inches
Weight: 5.4 grams
Hand Crafted in South Africa
This unique pendant was hand made in Johannesburg by a jeweler who grew up in Soweto, after studying the art of jewelry making, he then decided to combine the modern mediums with ancient African mediums; the result is a unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.
This oval pendant is made up of a 14ct gold pendant with San art cut outs that are highlighted with elephant hair. The black in the pendant is inlayed elephant hair. The whole piece is hand crafted using elephant hair and 14ct gold. This pendant is gently curved from top to bottom.
Elephant hair is traditionally used to make jewelry in Africa it is considered good luck and health.
The hair is cut from the tail when the elephants are darted for medical reasons. No elephants are killed for the hair.
About the Bushmen.
When 4000 years ago nomads came into contact with the much longer established hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa, they called them San meaning food gatherers. In the 17th century the Dutch colonized the Cape of Good Hope and called the hunter-gatherers of the plains “Boschjemannen” which translates to Bushmen. Bushmen are the longest surviving tribe of Southern Africa they are descendents of the Stone Age people.
About Rock Art.
The Europeans who first saw the Rock Art were fascinated but dismissive of their importance. Now days the true value and meaning of their art is being deciphered and appreciated., their art not only shows actual events that happened but are messages full of intricate and complex nuances in the symbols, metaphors and religious meaning.