Our fossilized ivory pelican pin features this coastal bird perched on an ancient sea creature fossil – a Moroccan ammonite some 200 million years old.
Our hand carved fossilized ivory and Moroccan ammonite pelican pin brings Zealandia's signature natural design details and ancient materials to life in this unique piece. The combination of creamy fossilized ivory against the ancient fossil's detail creates an unforgettably earthen look—ideal for any fossil collector or wildlife enthusiast!
Pelicans are famed, of course, for their bills and throat pouches. They use this remarkable assembly like a net, scooping to catch fish in their pouch and then swallowing the meal in one gulp. An old myth tells of the pelican piercing its own breast to feed its young with its own blood, and this story has led to the pelican being used symbolically to represent self sacrifice and resurrection.
Our pelican is carved from two tones of fossilized walrus ivory, which has lain in the earth for centuries accreting a range of cream to deep cocoa tones. Our fossilized walrus ivory is some 500-3,000 years old. It is a valued cultural/economic resource for the Native Alaskans who gather it as carving material and for sale/trade. The use of two complementary walrus ivory tones in this piece accents the bird's familiar silhouette and the hand carved feather details.
Our pelican perches atop a Moroccan ammonite fossil, which at over 200 million years old is truly a piece of antiquity. Not much is known about these sea creatures that thrived during the Jurassic era and became extinct around the same time as the dinosaurs. Their spiral patterning created wondrous fossils that we enjoy today in fine jewelry pieces such as this fossilized ivory pin and in collectibles found worldwide.