Fossilized Ivory and Silver Tribal Dragonfly Pendant
The myth of the dragonfly tells us that this beloved insect is believed to have once been a dragon. Native American traditions associate speed, purity, and transformation with the dragonfly, as well as other attributes. The dragonfly's wings, which are wet and supple when they first emerge from the larval stage, are truly miraculous. They enable the dragonfly to fly in all directions, hover, zip around at very high speeds, and even permit their owners to mate in midair.
The wings are the highlight in this silver dragonfly pendant for their drama and embellished beauty. A living dragonfly's wings are intricately veined, and our designers sought to enhance this veining with a tribal inspired design. This tribal dragonfly design is created in an oxidized silver relief layer below the top layer, giving the wings dimension and making this one of the most striking designs from our silver dragonfly jewelry collection.
The dragonfly's body is hand carved from fossilized walrus ivory, which is between 500 and 3,000 years old. This ancient ivory is a precious material due to its finite supply and for its artisan revered quality. Over the centuries, minerals in the earth have colored the walrus ivory in shades ranging from warm cream to the deepest chocolate. Native peoples gather it for their own art works or for sale/trade, and it is an important part of their indigenous economy.