Ancient Ivory Pendant Necklace + Artifact Fragment + Organic Style + Primitive + Rustic + Boho + Statement Jewelry + Desert Talismans + Dawn Wilson

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Ancient Ivory Pendant Necklace + Artifact Fragment + Organic Style + Primitive + Rustic + Boho + Statement Jewelry + Desert Talismans + Dawn Wilson

315.00

An exceptional fragment of ancient ivory, polished to show its incomparable patina

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:: Remembrance ::

My ongoing search for pendant-sized pieces of ancient ivory has yielded this truly magnificent pendant. It was dug from an old village site on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, by the native Yupik. Unusually, the Yupik actually own their island, and digging for old ivory is a significant part of their economy. Almost everyone does it and each family has their own site they dig. The island has been inhabited off and on for thousands of years by Arctic people who had little to subsist on beyond the animals they hunted. Seals, walrus and the like provided food, clothing, tools and much more. Walrus tusk ivory was especially prized for its beauty and strength, and when a piece wore out or broke, the fragments were worked into something else if possible. That is why so many small fragments are found, but not a lot of big pieces! The material was too valuable to waste.

As the ivory remnants were buried in the permafrost for centuries or millennia, the minerals in the earth around them stained them with beautiful hues of rust, gold, brown and grey. When the pieces are polished and the rough outer surface is ground away, the inner layers display a wide variety of subtle colors like the piece you see here. It is likely that a piece this large was a knife handle due to its size and shape; the gentle curvature of the tusk is visible when viewed edge-on. Both front and back are gorgeous—one side is darker with richer color and texture, and the other is lighter. It’s really a stunner.

The beads I paired with it are mostly faceted brass and tiny zircons, strung in a random pattern. The accent beads are chunks of petrified palm wood, cast and hammered bronze, and brass, along with a single snake vertebra for protection. An oxidized brass wire wrap conceals the crimp beads.

A durable and versatile piece of primitive history and energy!

SIZE: The necklace measures 20 1/2”" from the back of your neck to the end of the ivory pendant when worn.  The pendant measures 3 5/8” x 1” x 3/8”.

CARE:  Rinse with cool water and gently blot dry to clean.

PRESENTATION: This necklace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped in an earth-friendly and recycled gift box.  Please see the Shop Policies below for details.

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