Our Bear with Fish fossilized mammoth ivory necklace is centered on polar bear and fish symbolism, or the grand circle of life that sustains us all.
Native peoples have long valued the polar bear as a symbol of courage, fortitude, adaptability, and communication with Spirit. The polar bear is believed to have a pure spirit, exemplified in his pigment free fur that reflects available light back to the viewer in gorgeous white to creamy shades. Fish are a sub-primary part of the polar bear's diet, and he is an expert hunter.
This carved ivory pendant creates the impression of abundance with its two fish poised above the bear in hand carved fossilized ivory and sterling silver detail. Unfortunately, the polar bear's current plight is far less optimistic. Climate change has led to a drastic reduction in time for hunting, thereby threatening the polar bear's chances of survival.
The bear and top fish in this ancient ivory polar bear necklace are artisan carved from fossilized mammoth ivory, a material that shares a now poignant connection with the polar bear. Mammoth ivory is an ancient ivory that has lain buried since the last of the great mammoths became extinct. Due to a vanishing ice cap and habitat loss, the polar bear is also facing the very real danger of extinction. The fossilized mammoth ivory's creamy tones make it an ideal and prized material for polar bear carvings, reminding us just how irrevocably we can lose an entire species to climate change.
The turtle has come to represent grounding, emotional balance, age-old wisdom and persistence. Turtles carve a peaceful and graceful path through life. They cross the barrier between land and water with ease, and they epitomize a kind of knowing that we can sense in their serene, wizened faces.
The design of this blue topaz pendant honors the connection between turtles and the water. Water has come to represent the psyche and the emotional realms—a world the turtle knows well. Set in sterling silver and wearing hand-carved, hand-inked spirals on his fossilized ivory shell, this turtle moves toward the water with purpose and certainty. This turtle necklace as a whole symbolizes the meeting of wisdom and the psyche—a union and a journey in one.
The ancient mammoth ivory used for the turtle’s shell is over 15,000 years old. It has lain buried in the earth or permafrost for millennia. Once unearthed, it reminds us of a bygone era, whispering of the ephemeral nature of life on earth. Mammoth ivory’s creamy tones may vary based on the piece, lending each turtle pendant a unique touch all its own.
This pendant comes on an 18" sterling silver 1.1mm box with with a secure sterling silver lobster clasp.
Width 38 mm x Height 29 mm (approx)
Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
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