Our Paisley Dragonfly pendant necklace is a visual poem of movement and graceful lines with its mixed metal sterling silver and 14kt gold fill setting and dancing dragonfly center.
The paisley is a well-known and decorated design derived from the teardrop, and its watery origins make the paisley a fitting backdrop for our silver dragonfly pendant. Dragonflies are nymphs living exclusively underwater before they emerge and become the winged beauties we know and love. The dragonfly lives a life divided between both environments. He is a symbol of transformation, change, and purity.
Our designers echoed the paisley's curling silhouette in the dragonfly's tail, which is made from fossilized walrus tusk ivory. This prized fossilized ivory is between 500 and 3,000 years old, and it has spent most of its life buried underground. There, minerals color it the warm cream to rich cocoa colors we see today. After erosion and the tides uncover the fossilized walrus ivory, Native peoples gather it for caving, sale, and trade. It is vital part of their cultural history and indigenous economy.
Zealandia jewelry is always inspired by nature and by a wonder for the world we share. Our designers go to the ends of the earth sourcing unique and treasured materials for the creative design ideas that inspire our silver dragonfly jewelry. This dragonfly's head is made from New Zealand paua shell, a vibrant and iridescent type of abalone that is found only in Kiwi waters.