This chic ancient ivory bead necklace is hand crafted from carved fossilized walrus ivory beads and our spiral surf detailed sterling silver accents—a piece that speaks of bygone eras and of the sea.
Our adjustable silver and fossilized walrus ivory bead necklace combines Zealandia's signature swirling surf accents with earthy fossilized ivory beads carved in a variety of shapes, creating a favorite that you'll want to pair with every look!
The sterling silver surf details are hand worked in spirals that evoke an ocean spray and the currents. Jenny Byrne, Zealandia's lead designer, counts the ocean as one of her greatest artistic influences growing up in New Zealand. Its magic has continued to inspire during her worldwide travels, and these surf details show up in many of her designs.
The fossilized walrus ivory beads are made from walrus tusk that is 500-3,000 years old. The walrus tusk has lain in the earth for centuries, accreting a variegated rich caramel to cocoa hue. Its range of natural tones and rare quality make it a prized material in fine jewelry and artisan crafts. Fossilized walrus ivory is an important cultural and economic resource for the Native peoples who gather it for use in carving, sale, and trade.
Pair this silver and fossilized walrus ivory necklace with a pair of fossilized ivory hoop earrings to complete your set.