One of the gifts I received for my birthday was a stunningly beautiful solid silver African elephant pendant. The detailing is gorgeous!
When you see elephants depicted in jewellery or fashion items sold in Europe, they are generally Asian elephants. This is probably because many items sold in Europe are sourced and/or produced in Asia.
African elephants are much bigger than Asian elephants, they have way larger fan-shaped ears, and both the males and females have tusks.
There are two types of African elephants – savanna/bush elephants (larger than forest elephants with outward curving tusks) and forest elephants (smaller, darker and with straighter, downward pointing tusks). South Africa has bush elephants, and my pendant is a bush elephant.
I used to live near the Addo Elephant Park in South Africa – said to be the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world – and have written about elephant facts before.