This special piece from our ancient ivory locket collection features a mammoth ivory polar bear center and an intricate border of Native Alaskan bear symbols, evoking the spirit of the North.
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This treasure from our fossilized ivory locket collection is designed as the perfect place for a keepsake or photo with its generous 4mm depth and durable square construction. The clasp closes securely and the piece offers added dimension as the hand carved polar bear stands out in relief from the intricate sterling silver setting.
The fossilized ivory polar bear face is hand carved from ancient mammoth ivory, a material that is uniquely connected to this Northern bear. The great mammoths have been extinct for many thousands of years, of course, and now the beloved polar bear faces the same fate. Polar bears have been declared a threatened species across the world due the global warming's effect on their loss of hunting habitat. Our polar bear locket pays homage to both the great mammoths and to the polar bears in this heartwarming design.
The fossilized mammoth ivory is carved and inked by hand to represent every curl of fur and the black details that make the pale polar bear's face so distinctive. Mammoth ivory is an ideal material to represent these beautiful creatures. Centuries buried in permafrost or in the earth leave the mammoth ivory a range of white to creamy tones that perfectly mimic the polar bear's translucent coat.
A border of Native Alaskan bear symbols in gleaming sterling silver finishes this fossilized ivory locket, adding to a piece rich in bear symbolism. Native cultures hold the bear with a high degree of reverence. The polar bear in particular represents courage, purity of spirit, strength, and the solitude so often associated with the inner journey.