These wise owl earrings add a touch of the natural world to your look with their realistic, handmade details and earthy fossilized ivory accents.
The intriguing owl has a long and varied mythology among the world’s cultures. The owl is believed to have been the Greek goddess Athena’s mascot, valued for its inherent wisdom and serious qualities. Most of us think of wisdom when we see the owl, but this winged beauty is also closely tied to prophecy and protection, and to the mysterious night. These fossilized walrus ivory and sterling silver owl earrings evoke the owl’s natural mystery in fine, handcrafted detail.
The Native American Zuni tribe believes that an owl feather placed by a sleeping baby helps guarantee a safe, restful night. Because the owl is nocturnal, it hunts with phenomenal stealth and vision. The owl’s eyes are tubular in shape rather shaped like an eyeball, turning its vision into something akin to a pair of night vision binoculars. The owl’s feathers are wonderfully soft, slipping softly by when this night bird flies, creating an almost silent flight path.
These sterling silver owl earrings are hand carved from fossilized ivory. The fossilized ivory used in this pair is fossilized walrus ivory that is some 500 to 3,000 years old. It has lain buried in the earth for centuries where it accretes a range of warm tones from minerals in the nearby earth. Our fossilized walrus ivory is sourced from the native Yupik on St. Lawrence Island where only members of the tribe have permission to dig and excavate this gorgeous and unique material.