This fossilized walrus ivory fish pin can also be worn as a pendant, taking its design details from Northwest Native fish imagery and the ancient ivory's rich, earthen qualities.
Inspired by Pacific Northwest Native fish art, our fossilized ivory fish pin makes a statement when pinned to a lapel, hat, or scarf, or when worn on a chain as a pendant. Its graphic lines and distinctive mouth lend it an almost mythic quality that evokes an old, dreamlike depiction of the fish.
Our Northwest fish pin is inextricably connected to the fish's element, water. Water has long been held as the realm of the unconscious, a dream world of great psychic depth. Water in all its manifestations can have different meanings. Running water can signal the currents of change, and stagnant water stuck or pooling emotion. Deep water can symbolize unknown aspects of ourselves—there are limitless interpretations and personal meanings for this life-giving element.
Our fossilized ivory fish wears a body of ancient walrus tusk, which is some 500 to 3,000 years old. Fossilized walrus tusk has lain in the earth for centuries where it accretes a variegated cream to rich cocoa hue. This fossilized ivory is valued the world over for its singular quality and for the unique contribution it makes to fine jewelry or artisan crafts. Native peoples have long gathered it for use in carvings, or for sale and trade as an important economic and cultural resource.
Hand worked sterling silver detailing finishes this piece, lending it an unforgettable graphic look.