June 9, 2015
Asian elephants are inextricably linked to the history and culture of the Kingdom of Thailand. Historically, elephants worked alongside men providing labor to haul lumber, clear forests and build temples, and were also used in battle. Elephants represent happiness, longevity and luck; white elephants are considered especially auspicious and by custom and law, they all belong to the king of Thailand.
In modern times, the focus has shifted away from labor and towards the preservation and humane treatment of these majestic creatures, and there are a growing number of elephant refuge centers where tourists can ethically interact with the gentle giants. Some retired elephants have even found a love of art, and perform live painting shows for amazed audiences. (Watch an incredible video of an elephant painting a self portrait here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk )
The Ariva East collection, inspired by the cultural and natural wonders of Thailand, renders charming elephants in sterling silver. These designs inspire not just the good luck associated with elephants, but remind us of the important balance between gentleness and strength.
Shop the East Collection Elephants here: East