This striking ancient ivory pin/pendant features an emblematic spiral design and our beloved sea turtles rendered in signature Zealandia hand carved detail and contemporary design.
This carved ivory pin offers a unique turtle spiral design. The spiral is an age-old symbol found throughout nature that man began imitating almost as soon as he could draw. Its enigmatic shape is said to represent the journey from the outer world to the inner or the cycle of rebirth and growth.
Whatever its formal meaning, the spiral is the type of shape that pulls you in and beckons you to dream. Spirals are featured throughout Zealandia jewelry designs, and the spiral is featured prominently in this sea turtle pin.
These wise sea turtles are hand carved from ancient mammoth ivory, a prized natural material that is over 15,000 old. The mammoth tusk has lain underground for most of its life, accreting a soft cream to caramel hue. It is truly a piece of a bygone era when the great mammoths roamed the earth. Ancient mammoth ivory is used the world over for the fine decorative addition it makes to jewelry and other art works.
This spiral turtle pin is made with both a pin and a pendant back, enabling you to also wear it as a necklace!