This striking silver fish necklace from our paua jewelry collection also highlights fossilized walrus ivory and a sparkling blue topaz accent for that touch of rich contrast and oceanic coloring.
There is an inherent power associated with ocean fish. Perhaps it is their dynamic and challenging environment or their fascinating evolutionary story. Ocean fish inspire awe and wonder in their variation, the adversity they face every day in their life's journey, and in the essential part they play in our eco system.
This fossilized walrus tusk and paua necklace takes its inspiration from the ocean deep, featuring a carved ivory fish atop a beautifully balanced pendant that is loosely inspired by age-old designs. A portion of this design is set with New Zealand paua shell, a distinctive multi-colored abalone shell found only around these islands. Paua is celebrated for its saturated and luminous green, blue, and even pink to purple coloring.
The ocean fish depicted in this silver fish necklace is hand carved from ancient fossilized walrus tusk ivory. This increasingly rare material is some 500 to 3,000 years old, and it has spent most of its life buried underground where it accretes its earthy hue. Native peoples gather this fossilized ivory after it is unearthed by erosion and the tides, and it is used the world over in carved ivory pendants such as this one and in other art pieces.