Aleut Talisman II With Opal

Aleut Talisman II With Opal

Item# T114-ALEUT-II
Availability: Usually ships the next business day

Product Description

Sterling Silver - $90.00
14KT Solid Gold - $310.00

"No object is mysterious. The mystery is in your eye."
From a second visit digging in the Chaluka site on little Umnak Island in the eastern Aleutians we came across a series of old Talismans. Our Aleut Talisman II is designed after one of these. Even in its primitive state, it was intriguing, and it looked rather beautiful, even to our contemporary eye. It had probably been carefully cut and polished from an old piece of ivory, and it was still bound round by the remains of the dried tendon sheath its owner-Shaman had worn 5000 years ago. This Shaman had polished its face to enhance the naturally-occurring colors into a strikingly significant Talisman. We believe that the naturally occurring arrowhead shape represented the power necessary to hunt and make a life on this island so many thousands of years ago.

We reinterpreted this Talisman through a beautiful piece of polished 8000 year old Fossil Walrus Ivory which is colored Dark Brown at its edges, transitioning (with some thin dark rays) into a Latte color, and finally Gray Crystalline at its center. Both front, back and top of the Ivory show below and above the bezel of 14KT Yellow Gold. Two curved sweeping bars rise from the Ivory and frame one of our gorgeous blue/green opals for contrast between the primitive and modern times. Between the opal and the bail is a 14KT sphere. This is a strong modern interpretation of an altogether striking Talisman that you will love wearing. 1 1/2 inch high, 3/4 inch wide.

Of course, this is a one-of-a-kind piece is handcrafted in our studio.

Complete with gold-filled chain.

Scrimshaw Etching Options

These are our regular Scrimshaw Design Etchings. In addition to these designs, as an added option, you may send us a picture of your choice for a commission price quote.

Etching Options

Fossil Ivory Color Charts

Below are the available colors of our fossil ivories. Our high quality fossilized ivories have been reclaimed from the ground after sharing the earth for up to 30 millennia! Even after all this time, Fossil Ivory remains warm and sensuous organic ivory; it is not petrified. It has developed its beautiful colors by taking up minerals from the earth and these colors are impossible to match in any contemporary ivories by modern processes.

Fossil Ivory Color Chart Limited Availability Fossile Walrus Ivory Colors Fossil Walrus Bark Ivories
We have the largest selection of fossil ivories anywhere! Highest Quality - Handmade in our studio and satisfaction guaranteed Personalize most items at no extra charge! We can do commissioned pieces.
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