I caught this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail feeding on wildflowers. Its wings are open wide to give a beautiful view of the bold colors and ornamental wing pattern. Tiger swallowtails are native to my area and I often photograph them in my flower garden. This freeform pendant is made of creamy mammoth ivory found in the center of the tusk giving it a lighter color. Bordered top and bottom to frame the swallowtail, I cut from the bark of the tusk, keeping varying shades of darker ivory. This tiger swallowtail is a perfect addition to any jewelry collection.
As a freeform piece, the angles are set slightly askew for a more artsy and unique look. The custom setting is sterling silver and measures 1 3/4″ x 3/4″. It includes a 20″ argentium silver chain and comes packaged in a gift box.
To care for your scrimshaw, I recommend you never wear a scrimshaw piece in swimming or the shower. Also, for genuine ivory pieces it is best not to leave it sitting in direct sunlight or exposed to the intense heat, like that of a vehicle in the summer. Ivory is a natural material and deserves to be cherished. I use the most permanent inks available for my artwork and I have applied several layers of Renaissance wax to preserve the colors. The pieces made using water buffalo have a durable acrylic coating. Each hand etched piece comes ready to wrap in a gift box.
Note: The Mammoth ivory in this pendant was found in Russia and came to the US by way of China. Russian mammoth ivory is some of the finest in the world. Estimates place mammoth ivory around 10,000 years old. Mammoth ivory is legal to import, export, and sell in most of the United States except for a few states. Therefore, I will not sell or ship this item to HI, NV, IL, CA, NY, NJ, NH, VT, or DC.
A refund will be issued if the shipping or credit card address is any of these states.