Our Maori design carved ivory pendant features fossilized walrus ivory set into hand worked silver for a bold piece inspired by a traditional Maori fishing hook motif.
The Maori design aesthetic is deeply powerful and symbolic, drawing on a long and rich tradition of the Maori people's carving, weaving, painting, and tattooing arts. Zealandia's lead designer, Jenny Byrne, grew up in New Zealand surrounded by Maori art and influence. Their designs in turn inspired her work and this carved ivory pendant that takes its shape from a traditional Maori fishing hook design.
The hook is hand set with fossilized walrus ivory accents. This gorgeous materials is some 500 to 3,000 years old and has spent much of its life buried underground. Centuries in the earth color the walrus ivory the soft creamy caramel to rich cocoa hues featured in Zealandia jewelry. Natives gather this increasingly rare fossilized ivory after erosion and the tides unearth it, and it is celebrated the world over for its earthy quality and age-old story.
This Maori design pendant is embellished with abstract surf and curved patterns, lending the piece added dimension and bold visual interest in its hand worked sterling silver setting.