These geometric fossilized walrus ivory honeycomb earrings are reminiscent of a beehive’s riches with their deep red garnet accents and warm ancient ivory top stones.
Female worker bees build honeycomb from glands along the sides of their bodies. This waxy substance starts as a circular cell shape that is then heated by the bees, essentially turning the waxy honeycomb molten. This molten state then allows each of the cell walls to collapse flat, which forms the perfect hexagonal shape we have come to associate with honeycomb.
Honeycomb is precious to bees. It stores their honey and also their larvae and pollen. Its miraculous shape is an ideal combination of practicality and use of space. And it is beautiful.
Our honeycomb earrings highlight one of nature’s most geometric and pleasing designs with a silver and garnet honeycomb dangles plus “honey-colored” fossilized ivory drop accents. Garnet, the energizing stone of rejuvenation, warms up these honeycomb earrings and lends them an extra touch of sparkle.
The teardrop accents are carved from fossilized walrus tusk ivory, which is several hundred to 3,000 years old. It has spent most of its long life in the earth where minerals gently stain it the warm honey to chocolate shades we see today. Native Alaskans gather our fossilized walrus ivory for use in their carvings or for sale/trade. It is a prized natural resource and valued around the world in fine crafts and art jewelry pieces such as this one.