These one of a kind earrings are created from a bold blend of "hawk's eye" gemstones and fossil mammoth ivory. Hawk's eye is a blue variety of Tiger's Eye and has a beautiful flash of color in motion. The Ivory is hand-decorated with gold ink, lightly recessed into the surface
Setting and ear post are Sterling Silver. Earrings hang about 2.5" long.
Fossil ivory refers to ivory that has been in the earth for hundreds or thousands of years. The ivory has not quite turned into rock, but minerals have seeped into the ivory over the years, imparting unique colors and visual textures. The ivory remains lightweight and sculptable, but gains fantastic browns, corals, tans-- even blues and greens!
Fossil ivory, known also as "ancient ivory," comes from several different animals. I use woolly mammoth and walrus ivory. Mammoth ivory is at least 10,000 years old and does indeed come from those very large, furry (and extinct) ancestors of elephants.