This delightful pair of carved ivory earrings features ancient mammoth tusk ivory in a moveable hanging bear design—a tribute to the threatened polar bear and the now-extinct great mammoths.
Our designers are deeply inspired by polar bears and the very personal meanings they take on for people. This enormous creature can reach over 1,500 pounds in weight and is a powerful force. He takes on seemingly impossible conditions with relative ease, making his home on the vast and pristine ice. The polar bear represents courage, power, and purity of spirit.
Our Hanging Bear mammoth ivory polar bear earrings are inspired both by the polar bear and by an ancient creature, the great mammoth. The fossilized mammoth ivory used to carve our hanging polar bears is over 15,000 years old and has lain buried underground for centuries long after the great mammoths became extinct. As the polar bear is also now threatened with extinction due to loss of habitat, the use of fossilized mammoth ivory in this carved ivory pendant is especially poignant.
The Native Inuit people of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland have a deep and rich mythology tied to the polar bear, a source of strength and sustenance to them. The polar is said to be able to assume human form and revert back to bear form at will. Myth tells of him being the first to teach the Inuit how to hunt seal. He is an inspiring teacher and guide.
Pair these delightful Hanging Bear carved ivory earrings with our Hanging Bear carved ivory pendant for a complete set! The set's hand carved details and sterling silver wrapped accents make it a treasure that is sure to become part of your heirloom jewelry collection.