Our single bee necklace in silver and deep red garnet is a favorite from our silver bee jewelry collection for its natural warmth and the signature details that make our designs true collectibles.
In addition to the important part bees play in biodiversity and ecological balance, the bee has long been revered as a symbol of the soul. The precious bee is a disciplined, diligent worker—sometimes seen alone and at times with other members of the hive. A single peaceable bee is depicted here in our bee solitaire necklace, a beautiful and poignant reminder of the worldwide decline we are seeing in our bee populations.
Jenny Byrne, Zealandia's lead designer, began her silver bee jewelry collection when we first heard reports that the honeybee populations were dying out. It is her hope that her silver bee jewelry pieces bring their owner pleasure but that they also help raise awareness for this global problem. Honeybees play an absolutely essential role in pollination and so support every subsequent member of the food chain.
Our honeybee's body is carved from fossilized walrus tusk, which has lain in the earth for some 500 to 3,000 years. There minerals color it rich and variegated shades of honey to deep cocoa brown. After erosion exposes it, Native peoples gather the fossilized walrus ivory for carving, sale, or trade. It is an important part of their history and their indigenous economy. Fossilized walrus ivory is valued across the world for the touch of irreplaceable quality it brings to art work and fine jewelry.
Garnet, the stone of the heart, finishes this bee pendant necklace with a hint of added fire.