Our treasured garnet and four bees necklace design is inspired by the Mandala, an age-old and deeply spiritual circular symbol that represents the universe and life's eternal oneness.
The Egyptians saw the bee as a symbol of the soul. This miraculous and ecologically essential creature is also seen as a vital symbol of community and diligence. The bee serves the greater whole, an image that Zealandia lead designer Jenny Byrne sought to capture in this carved ivory pendant that centers on the Mandala, which means circle. Jenny's silver bee jewelry also takes its inspiration from our desire to honor the honeybee in light of the drastic reduction we are seeing in our current bee populations.
The Mandala is a traditional Buddhist and Hindu representation of the universe, a deeply spiritual shape that is a meditational image of the eternal oneness in all of life. Our four bees necklace celebrates one of the universe's smallest, yet most dynamic, creatures. The bee is the king of pollinators, ensuring the flowering and fruit producing plants' survival, and so the survival of all of us along the food chain.
Jenny selected red garnet, a heart stone associated with love and passion, as the heart of this walrus ivory pendant. Garnet highlights the fossilized walrus ivory bees' natural earthy tones as well as the rich yellow in the bees' 14k gold fill wing and body accents.
The fossilized walrus tusk ivory used to carve our bees is some 500 to 3,000 years old. It has lain in the earth for centuries where it accretes its honey to deep cocoa hue. Native peoples gather this exposed fossilized ivory for Native carvings, sale, or trade. It is an important part of their culture and indigenous economy. Fossilized walrus ivory is valued the world over for the quality and history it lends to fine jewelry pieces and art works.
We hope that our four bees necklace brings much pleasure to its owner and also that it raises awareness to help preserve and replenish our declining worldwide bee populations.