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18k Diamond Happy Elephant Necklace Retail Value: $1200


One of Mikelle’s spiritual teachers had once said in a lecture, “If you’re ever in trouble, call on the elephants”.  She never got to ask him whether he meant that literally or metaphorically but Mikelle says that when she needed strength or grounding, she remembered that quote and visualized the power of these magnificent beings.  In early 2009, Mikelle awoke from a deep sleep with a strong sense of urgency that the elephants were now calling out for our help.  Immediately inspired, she created the Happy Elephant necklace. Through her research, she has learned that there are still tribes in Africa today that communicate telepathically with elephants and can summon them for protection.


Nick Brandt’s photo essay book, ON THIS EARTH, A SHADOW FALLS, Artist’s Edition, 2010.  Signed Copy.

Retail Value: &128.

“I’m not interested in creating work that is simply documentary or filled with action and drama, which has been the norm in the photography of animals in the wild. What I am interested in is showing the animals simply in the state of Being. In the state of Being before they are no longer are. Before, in the wild at least, they cease to exist. This world is under terrible threat, all of it caused by us. To me, every creature, human or nonhuman, has an equal right to live, and this feeling, this belief that every animal and I are equal, affects me every time I frame an animal in my camera. The photos are my elegy to these beautiful creatures, to this wrenchingly beautiful world that is steadily, tragically vanishing before our eyes.”  Nick Brandt