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Fossilized Walrus Tusk and Silver Mother of Pearl Necklace
Many Zealandia jewelry designs are directly inspired by nature and the wonderful images we see around us daily. This carved ivory pendant tells the story of first light when the sun's rays touch and awaken a sleeping blossom. The lines and accents in this silver mother of pearl necklace coalesce to create a piece that wears like a delicate charm—a touch of the natural world to complete your look.
The flower petals are carved from luminous mother of pearl, which catches the 14kt gold fill highlights, making them glow. A fine mixed metal treatment of sterling silver and gold fill evoke the flower's delicate silhouette, and a fossilized ivory sun in warm earth tones set above the flower finishes this pastoral piece.
The sun is hand carved from fossilized walrus tusk, which is between 500 and 3,000 years old. Much of the walrus tusk's life is spent underground where it lies buried for centuries, accreting a range of colors from warm caramel to deep umber. Fossilized walrus tusk is becoming increasingly rare, and it is an important cultural and indigenous economic resource for the Native peoples who gather it. Its relative scarcity and age-old story make it a highly desirable accent in jewelry and artisan crafts.