Carved Wooly Mammoth Tusk Pendant
This hand carved Wooly Mammoth Tusk features two frogs. It is wrapped with 14k/20 gold fill wire with fossilized coral stone beads and Swarovski crystals.
Pendant Size: 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Mammoth ivory is anywhere from 10,000 to 200,000 years old and is found in Arctic regions such as Alaska, Canada, Chukotka (or the Chuckchi Penninsula), Yakutia, Magadan and Siberia where the tusks have been preserved in the permafrost. These massive tusks are unearthed many ways; modern day gold miners dredge up mineralized remains in the course of placer mining activities, spring floods wash tusks from frozen river banks, bush pilots spot the huge tusks jutting out of the tundra, and Eskimo subsistence hunters find mammoth remains incidentally in their daily task of survival.
Larger than today's Indian elephant, their tusks could weigh up to 300 pounds each and measure over 16 feet in length. These great beasts ultimately succumbed to the drastic climate changes accompanying great ice ages. The beautiful hues of tan, brown and blue are a result of thousands of years of mineralization. Exact hues depend upon the mineral deposits in the immediate soil surrounding the fallen mammoth. Thus, when processing, each tusk reveals a unique character, never duplicated in another piece of fossil tusks.