Our hanging bear charm bracelet features rich ancient ivory in variegated natural earth tones and a delightful hand carved charm that lends a touch of Northern whimsy to this piece.
Our hanging bear charm bracelet combines two favorite pieces—our Stepping Stones bracelet and our hand carved hanging bear charm—in a piece that exudes organic materials and a totemic animal motif. This carved ivory bracelet is hand set in sterling silver, featuring an adjustable toggle clasp that fits most adult wrist sizes.
The bear is an important totemic animal to many people. This animal's strength, nurturing and protective qualities, and its capacity to go within (hibernation) imbue the bear with a powerful symbolism. Our hanging bear charm is hand wrapped in a unique sterling silver setting, capturing the mythical and naturalistic aspects of this profound creature.
The bear charm is hand carved from fossilized mammoth ivory, which is over 15,000 years old. Mammoth ivory has lain in permafrost or the earth for millennia where minerals stain it a variety of cream to caramel hues. This fossilized ivory is prized worldwide for its luminous quality and for the touch of antiquity it brings to fine jewelry and art.
The bracelet links are hand carved from fossilized walrus ivory, which at 500-3,000 years old is relatively young compared with its mammoth counterpart. Native Alaskans gather our fossilized walrus ivory after it has spent centuries in the earth. It is a valuable cultural and economic asset for these people who utilize the ivory for carving, sale, and trade.