Long revered in Asian cultures for their strength, power and intelligence, elephants
continue to be celebrated symbols of wisdom, longevity, royalty, happiness, and good luck.
The white elephant was chosen by Buddha as one of his many incarnations, while in Hinduism, the elephant-headed god Ganesha is worshiped as the lord of success, knowledge and wealth, among other things. As the national symbol of Thailand, the elephant is tied to the success and the prosperity of the nation.
Historically, the elephant probably made its way into the popular culture of the West around the time of British colonialism in India. Later on in the 1930s, lucky elephant charms and figurines were all the rage in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
In recent times, however, it is the elephant who has needed our protection as an endangered species. For me, therefore, the elephant represents perseverance, and seems to encompass all the majesty and beauty of the natural world in their soulful eyes, floppy ears and curious trunk.
Add it all up, and it's clear to see why the elephant is the perfect animal to artfully adorn your wardrobe in the form of a treasured piece of jewelry. Who knows, an elephant trinket might just be your ticket to good luck - and good style - in 2008! Here are ten suggestions to fit every budget:
Rhinestone elephant necklace, $7.80
Kenneth Jay Lane elephant necklace, $59.00
Janna Connor gold/silver elephant necklace, $60
Lucite elephant necklace, $6.80
"Life" necklace, $4.80
Jade-look elephant charm necklace, $6.00
Lacquer elephant necklace, $7.80
J. Crew elephant charm bracelet, $125
Aldo elephant necklace, $15.00
Wood and metal elephant necklace, $12.50