The natural deep, rich color of this fossil ivory is perfectly highlighted by a ring of lustrous pink pearls. The oval hole in the center of this piece is also natural—over time, the center of the ivory was eaten away by compounds in the soil.
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.
This one-of-a-kind pendant hangs on a 20" Sterling Silver chain with a hammered hook and eye clasp by Rachel Columb for Bonedance Jewelry Design
Pendant size: approximately 2" long