Honeycomb Jewelry – Fossilized Ivory and Silver Citrine Earrings
Honeycomb, which is built from glands along the female worker bees’ bodies, is the inspiration behind these geometrically beautiful silver bee earrings. The honeycomb starts as a cell that the bees heat up, turning the waxy honeycomb molten. The circular cell walls then coalesce to a flat surface, forming the perfect hexagonal shape we associate with honeycomb.
The beehive itself has been used as a religious symbol throughout history, and the hexagon with its six sides symbolizes harmony, truth, and balance. Our designers chose citrine for this piece of honeycomb jewelry because of its honey-like color and because it is believed to hold the properties of personal power and good fortune. Our bee jewelry is created to commemorate the intrepid and selfless bee as well as empower its owner with a sense of community, diligence, and strength.
The top teardrops are carved from fossilized walrus tusk ivory, which has lain in the earth for some 300 to 5,000 years. This fossilized walrus tusk was unearthed by the native Yupik on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. It is an important asset to their economy, and it serves as the inspiration behind much of Zealandia’s jewelry as well as the Yupik’s own carved art works. Fossilized ivory varies in tone based on the minerals that surround it while it is buried in the earth. For this reason, each set of honeycomb earrings will be unique.