The hummingbird collection celebrates the grace, the whimsy, and the charm of these tiny birds. Hummingbirds are resourceful when it comes to choosing their nesting sites, a task done only by the females. The nest is built from a vast variety of materials: some of the most common are leaves, bark, feathers, fur, cotton, and hairs. Materials are secured with spider web silk; the sticky web helps bind the nest together and its elasticity allows the nest to slightly expand as the babies grow. Sounds like the work of magic fairies! The female works for days on nest construction and will finish the outside with lichen or moss to help camouflage her babies. This hummingbird pendant is inspired by that poignant maternal attention and love.
Designers selected fossilized walrus ivory in varying tones for this hummingbird pendant. Fossilized walrus ivory is some 500 to 3,000 years old. It has lain in the earth for centuries, accreting a wide range of colors from nearby minerals. It comes to us in shades of cream, caramel, cocoa, and even almost black. The Yupik of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, gather this fossilized walrus ivory for use in their own carvings, and for sale/trade. It is an important economic and cultural resource, as well as a highly sought-after material for fine craft and art works. Wear this pendant with our Heart Song earrings for a dazzling set.