This dragonfly pendant necklace from Zealandia's paua jewelry collection features a fossilized walrus tusk ivory tail and sparkling faceted blue topaz.
Native cultures revered the dragonfly for its healing symbolism and for its defining connection to water. Its sheer speed and agility make the dragonfly a remarkable sighting when at rest. Zealandia designers have captured this dragonfly pendant as if from above with a touch of cooling water far below his mystical flight path.
Each natural material used to craft our sterling silver dragonfly jewelry is carefully considered for the impact it will have on the whole piece. 14kt gold fill on sterling silver decorate his veined wings. Multi-colored paua shell is an ideal choice for the dragonfly's body, while fossilized walrus tusk ivory is a perfect complement for his long tail.
Fossilized walrus tusk is used throughout Zealandia jewelry for its very special natural properties and quality. This ivory has lain in the earth for centuries where it accretes its cream to deep cocoa colorings. No two processes are alike, meaning that no two pieces of fossilized walrus tusk ivory are exactly alike. Native peoples gather this ancient material after erosion and the tides unearth it, and it is later carved into the shapes needed for each piece of Zealandia jewelry.