I never paid much attention to it before, but I have an Indian elephant key chain from grandmother that she got in the 60’s or 70’s. It is actually part of the necklace, but I thought the necklace was ugly so I just took the elephant off and use it as a key chain.
The elephant has and exotic head piece and tapestry on it: because an Indian elephant would not be the same unless it is seen as exotic. But my grandmother also said the elephant is good luck. I wasn’t sure why it was seen as good luck or if it was just a way to make it sell better, so I googled it and found several things about it, but I particularly liked this one: http://www.luckymojo.com/elephant.html. I think this is just another way the west makes India and other eastern countries more exotic and appealing to us.