Hand Polished Mammoth Ivory Spike Pendant + Designer Necklace + Ancient, Shell and Gemstone Beads + Paleolithic + Primitive + Talisman Necklace

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Hand Polished Mammoth Ivory Spike Pendant + Designer Necklace + Ancient, Shell and Gemstone Beads + Paleolithic + Primitive + Talisman Necklace

310.00

Primal mammoth ivory and hammered silver beads meet the elegance of faceted zircon in this Desert Luxe talisman

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:: Ancient Existence ::

The giant land mammals of the Ice Age have long ago passed from here, but traces of their memory lingers in our consciousness.  According to Craig Childs' recent book Atlas of a Lost World, tales of mammoths are still part of ancestral memory among the native people of Siberia.   They tell that before the sky god permanently drove the mammoths underground for being too destructive, shamans would ride them into the lower world.  This long spike of mammoth ivory is like a talisman of those ancient times.

Mammoth ivory is popular today as an ethically-sourced alternative to elephant ivory*.  A great deal of it washes out of Siberian riverbeds, but this piece comes from Alaska.  I obtained a small quantity of it in raw form from Gary Wilson, who supplies most of my cabochons and stone pendants.  I drilled this piece and refined the shape into an elegant curve, then polished it by hand with various sandpapers, sponges and polishing papers until it took on a high shine.  The pale inner layers of the ivory have subtle striations while one side, which was exposed to weathering and burial for thousands of years, is a rough deep brown.  

The beads in the necklace are a harmonious combination of primitive and refined elements.  Just above the juncture of the ivory are two of my own handmade fine silver beads, hammered on desert rock, oxidized and hand finished, which are stacked with bone and ostrich egg shell.  The main part of the bead strand above them consists of minute faceted champagne zircon beads with Thai Hill Tribe silver, antique Burmese silver, vintage brass from Orissa, India, and contemporary brass barrels.  Accenting the strand are small ancient (or very antique) agate tubes from Africa, large Indian conch tubes, and African bone beads.  Together these make a subtle, glimmering mix of old and new, primitive and refined.    

This is a beautiful but durable piece which would look elegant when worn solo over a linen tunic, or layered with other pieces.

*One way that mammoth ivory can be distinguished from elephant ivory is to examine the Schreger lines.  Schreger lines are growth patterns that occur in elephant and mammoth ivory.  When a cross section of tusk is viewed they appear as a beautiful pattern of interlocking chevrons or crosshatching.  In mammoth ivory the Schreger lines intersect at an angle of around 90 degrees, while in elephant ivory they intersect at a wider angle of around 115 degrees.

SIZE:  21 1/2" long from the back of your neck to the end of the ivory spike, when worn.  The ivory pendant measures 5 3/8" long.

CARE:  The ivory and beads can be gently buffed with a soft, damp cloth to clean.  Do not immerse.  The silver can be buffed with a jeweler's polishing cloth to brighten.

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you gift wrapped in hand-decorated and recycled earth-friendly packaging.  See my shop policies below for details.

++ Shipping with insurance is included in the price ++ Insured shipping to Canada and Australia is available for an extra fee  

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