Our Eye of Horus earrings add an extra touch of ancient times to the emblematic and protective Egyptian eye symbol with their fossilized ivory accents that are some 500-3,000 years old.
These Eye of Horus earrings evoke the ancient Egyptian sky god, Horus, and his eye's mystical powers of protection, healing, and all-seeing wisdom. Egyptian myth finds Horus at the center of both sun and moon symbolism—a dynamic god who had his eye torn out and then restored to its full visionary power.
The Eye of Horus has long been worn as a token of protection. Zealandia designers chose to feature this symbol as a pair of Egyptian eye earrings set in rich mixed metal detail with an ancient fossilized ivory accent. The use of sterling silver in the detailed frame showcases the 14kt gold fill side highlight. The ancient Egyptian's reverenced gold as 'the skin of the gods,' and it lends its particular warmth to the carved fossilized ivory center.
The fossilized walrus ivory featured at the center of these Egyptian eyes is from ancient walrus tusk that has lain buried underground for some 500 to 3,000 years. There, earthen minerals color it the range of caramel to cocoa tones that have come to signify this prized material. Its relative scarcity and age-old story make it a very desirable addition to carved ivory earrings and other art works.
As an important cultural and indigenous economic resource for the Native peoples who gather it, fossilized walrus ivory has developed a legendary status all its own that accentuates the mysterious mythic symbol in these earrings.