Turtle Jewelry – Fossilized Ivory and Silver Turtle EarringsSea turtles start their life with a courageous journey to the water. Female sea turtles lay their eggs in a hole dug into the sand and then bury the eggs and return to the water, leaving the eggs unattended. The baby turtles hatch together over a short period of time and dash over the sand to the water. They have no choice but to bravely set out into the unknown. Sea turtles have come to symbolize good health and long life; their relaxed nature and peaceful determination make it easy to see why they are admired around the globe.
For these earrings, the turtle's shell is hand carved from fossilized walrus ivory, which is some 500 to 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. After centuries lying buried in darkness, it comes to light in these charming turtle earrings.