The octopus is hand carved from ancient walrus tusk ivory. The walrus tusk has lain in the ground for 300-5,000 years, accreting colors from minerals in the soil. It takes on a range of tones, ranging from creamy white to earthy browns. The coloring and texture within the ivory is aptly suited to the beautiful and varied appearance of the octopus. The native Yupik of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, have the exclusive right to gather the fossilized walrus ivory we use in our designs. This precious ancient material is an important part of the Yupik's economy and heritage, and it is the inspiration behind many of our most beloved jewelry pieces.