Our citrine drop earrings are an elegant and contemporary depiction of a traditional Greco-Roman amphora used over the centuries - a chic pair featuring ancient fossilized ivory.
The amphora—a term coined in the Greek and Roman ages to describe this graceful vessel has long been used to store wine, oils, and other valuable substances. The amphora was more than just a utilitarian vessel, however. It was extensively shaped, decorated, and inlaid, producing gorgeous works of art now housed in museums across the world.
Our citrine drop earrings' evocative silhouettes balance their two accents beautifully—an earthy, opaque ancient ivory base and a faceted citrine accent that seems to burst from the amphora's rim. The shape is both representational and symbolic. These carved ivory earrings can be seen as their vessel namesake or as two arms offering the sunny citrine to the heavens.
Citrine is a semi-precious stone associated with personal power, abundance, and attraction. Its sparkling facets are a desirable contrast to the fossilized walrus ivory's creamy sheen.
These walrus ivory earrings are made from fossilized walrus tusk, a prized organic material some 500 to 3,000 years old. Fossilized walrus ivory spends many centuries in the earth where it is colored a soft caramel to deep chocolate hue. As no two fossilizing sites are the same, no two pieces of fossilized walrus ivory are identical. Its unique coloring and relative scarcity make this material a sought after treasure for the artists who work with it.