Fossilized Ivory

  1. Zealandia Designs Amethyst Jewelry Collection

    The Zealandia Designs' amethyst jewelry collection continues to grow, with the addition of four amethyst bee pieces in 2019. Two different pairs of amethyst bee earrings are also available as matching pendants, making a striking jewelry set that can be worn in combination. The pairing of amethyst with bees is especially poignant, as detailed in this earlier post, "What's a...
  2. What Causes the Coloration in Fossilized Ivory?

    At Zealandia Designs we specialize in making beautiful nature-inspired jewelry, primarily using ancient mammoth and fossilized walrus ivory. The naturally occurring colors of the ivory we use varies significantly from piece to piece, giving each one a truly unique appearance. The reason behind the coloration in fossilized ivory is an interesting one! What is the difference between fossilized mammoth and...
  3. Tis the Season for Hummingbird Jewelry

    We don’t tend to associate hummingbirds with the holiday season (unless, of course, you’re gifting a loved with some hummingbird jewelry or another hummingbird-inspired gift). Hummingbirds are fair weather creatures due to their migration patterns that take them to warmer skies at this time of the year. But as it turns out, hummingbirds are uniquely suited to the spirit of...
  4. Uncovering the Truth About Fossilized Ivory

    Written by: Anna Occasionally we hear from people who are concerned about the use of fossilized ivory in our jewelry designs. With so much justified outrage over the abominable new ivory trade, we felt it was time to clarify the materials used in our beloved jewelry designs and our continued commitment to wildlife conservation. We exclusively use fossilized walrus ivory...
  5. Unique Mermaid Gifts for Discerning Shoppers

    Written by: Anna Are women tough to buy for? You betcha. And this goes double for women who love mermaids. We are a particular bunch. Unique mermaid gifts are hard to find. And unique mermaid jewelry is a particularly challenging category. There are a lot of mermaid themed gifts out there, and a lot of mermaid jewelry. But if you...
  6. Legal and Illegal Ivories: What You Need to Know

      Written by: Anna The ethics of ivory have always been critically important to us here at Zealandia Designs. We adamantly oppose the killing of any living animal for its ivory. Our passion is for fossilized ivories, which have lain buried in the earth or permafrost for 500 to over 15,000 years, and in no way threaten the living creatures...
  7. 4 Fun Ways to Wear Fossilized Ivory Beads

      Written by: Anna We love layering here at Zealandia Designs—from clothing to desserts… and, of course, jewelry! Layering your jewelry is a great way to freshen your look and add a little extra interest to a classic piece. Our fossilized ivory beads are made from ancient walrus and mammoth ivory that is between 500 to over 15,000 years old...
  8. How My “Wild Life” Inspires our Fossilized Ivory Jewelry Collection

      Written by: Jenny I grew up in New Zealand along the coastlines of some of the wildest, most stunning landscape on earth. When I first started designing my fossilized ivory jewelry collection in 1987, I drew heavily on the impressions of nature from my childhood. These imprints helped inspire the designs and shape the jewelry line into what it is...
  9. How to Clean Ivory

    Written by: Anna Today we are going to talk about how to clean ivory, specifically how to clean ancient fossilized ivory, which is the only type of ivory we use in our Zealandia jewelry. We are passionately against new ivory of any kind as it destroys our earth’s precious living creatures. The fossilized mammoth and walrus ivory in Zealandia jewelry...

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