Rosetta Tordis. jewelry. February 01st , 2018.
The use of elephant hair in making jewelry can be traced back thousands of years. From the continent of Africa to the continent of Asia, it was used all over the world. Its popularity rose after the British conquered and started their rule over many of these countries. Killing endangered animals like tigers and elephants became a sport to pass time and their bones, skins, and hair were used to make gifts that could be given to superiors and their families.
If you've ever feasted your eyes on these rings, you'll immediately know what they are. But to clarify its meaning for some extra knowledge, a cocktail ring is larger than a normal ring due to its size, shape, and design. They come in a variety of colors and are made from either precious, semi-precious, or synthetic stones. Some of the most common stones used to make these rings are citrine, opal, ruby, amethyst, emerald, sapphire, diamond, garnet, blue topaz, peridot, and pearl. With elaborate designs that makes the central stone(s) glamorous, these rings are available in different types of material like sterling silver, gold-plated nickel, solid gold, and platinum.
It's a rare custom at present, but the practice is becoming increasingly common: women who at the time of an engagement, purchase custom design engagement rings for their men. In Northern Europe, it is actually quite common for both the man and the woman to wear rings during the engagement. In Spain, a woman's choice for custom men's jewelry when she accepts a marriage proposal is a wristwatch.
Another setback is that there are no formal qualifications, exams or industry certifications for the jewelry appraiser. There are many appraisers who practice on the market, but most of them appraise other forms of properties like land and homes. Rarely will you find appraisers who are trained and experts in appraising antique jewelry.
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