Our fossilized walrus ivory gecko pin captures the spirit of this playful animal with unexpected silver detailing and a ribbon of ancient ivory that highlights the gecko's connection to the earth.
The humble gecko is one of the most ubiquitous animals. He makes his home on every continent except for Antarctica, adapting to climates as diverse as the rain forest to deserts and cool mountains. They are the 'outspoken lizard,' chirping and clicking at one other to communicate.
The gecko is connected to the earth and his environment thanks to a pattern of tiny hairs on its feet that help it easily climb even the most glassy vertical surface. Our designers selected a particularly earthy material—fossilized walrus ivory—to highlight this connection in our silver and fossilized ivory gecko pin.
Fossilized walrus ivory has spent most of its long life in the earth. This ivory tusk was buried some 500 to 3,000 years ago and is colored over time into a range of caramel tones by the minerals present in its resting place. It is an important cultural and economic asset to the Native Alaskans who gather it for sale, trade, and carving. It is also highly prized worldwide for its scarcity and singular quality.
The ribbon of hand carved fossilized walrus tusk in this fossilized ivory pin contrasts beautifully with its detailed sterling silver setting. Our gecko makes a handsome clothing, lapel, wrap, or hat pin for anyone who enjoys this animal's playful and lively spirit.