Paua Jewelry ' Fossilized Walrus Tusk and Garnet Butterfly Earrings
The butterfly is a gorgeous representation of transformation. This remarkable life change inspired our designers to create a pair of earrings that would remind the wearer of the power we all hold within ourselves for change. Transformation truly begins from within, and our jeweled butterfly earrings are a visually captivating symbol of its owner's inner power.
The esigners chose complementary natural materials to adorn our jeweled butterfly earrings. Each lower wing is accented with multi-colored New Zealand paua shell. Paua is from the variegated inner lining of the New Zealand paua (a type of abalone), and it is a highlight in all our paua jewelry.
Polished black mussel shell forms a striking contrast to the sterling silver that outlines our butterflies' upper wings. Black mussel may contain hints of warmer colors, and it is these warm undertones that bring out the fiery red in the center garnet stones.
The butterflies' lower abdomens are made from hand carved fossilized walrus ivory, a prized material that is some 500 to 3,000. Centuries in the earth have colored the fossilized ivory warm caramel to soft cocoa colors. Native peoples gather it for carving, sale, or trade as part of their indigenous economy, and it is a focal point in many of our carved ivory earrings.