Elk Jewelry: Memento of the West

97Have you ever been on a big-game hunt in the great American West? Have you recently visited Colorado and seen some of the largest herds of elk in the country?

Remember these magnificent animals like no one else with one-of-a-kind elk jewelry.

Sarah Buckles Larner, owner of The Silver Spur in Steamboat Springs, Colorado has almost 40 of experience creating custom jewelry using precious metals and gemstones.  More recently, after being approached by local outfitters, she began creating elk tooth jewelry.

A prized reminder of a once in a lifetime adventure for some, this jewelry comes in a variety of shapes and designs.  Sarah creates money clips, rings, pendants, earrings, cufflinks and more form the elk ivory.  For others, a unique souvenir or conversation piece of jewelry is the motivation for purchasing a piece of elk tooth jewelry.

If you can imagine it, Sarah can create it. And you don’t have to be a hunter.  Sarah has sources of outfitters and taxidermists to provide elk ivory for elk jewelry enthusiasts that do not hunt.

163Sarah uses years of experience of creating elk jewelry to pick just the right elk’s tooth for a particular setting the client has in mind.  The colors of the ivory can range from light tan to coffee brown.  The tooth, once procured from either the hunter or the taxidermist, is polished and buffed in preparation for setting.  Pendants, earrings, rings and money clips are great settings to showcase the elk ivory.

While there are some pieces of elk jewelry in the cases of her showroom, she prefers to create custom jewelry for her clients all over the country.  That means using her techniques of creating custom molds by carving wax and using her signature two-toned braided “rope” designs in a belt buckle or pair of cufflinks that can be a subtle but daily reminder of the experiences had in the great American West. Sarah enjoys the process of creating wearable art with her hands.

See some examples of this elk tooth jewelry. To get started designing your own unique version, contact Sarah!