Hummingbirds have enchanted humans throughout history. The Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans to symbolize vigor and energy. They also believed fallen warriors would return as hummingbirds and butterflies. Hummingbirds have always fascinated us earth bound humans, who are left to gaze in wonderment as they zip about overhead. Our unique hummingbird jewelry is a nod to these thrilling flyers. The bodies of the hummingbirds are carved by hand from fossilized walrus ivory, which is some 500-3,000 years old. The native Yupik of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska have the exclusive right to gather the fossilized walrus ivory we use in our designs. This precious ancient material is an important part of the Yupik's economy and heritage, and it is the inspiration behind many of our most beloved jewelry pieces. Fossilized walrus ivory takes on a range of tones from cream to deep cocoa, depending on the minerals surrounding it in the soil.