Jenny Byrne designs a new mermaid each year as an expression of the freedom and joy of time spent in or by the ocean. Her mystical mermaids are carved from ancient mammoth ivory and set in sterling silver enhanced with gemstones and pearls. The mermaid above features a facet cut rainbow moonstone and is available online.
Her intricate designs incorporates prehistoric fossilized wooly mammoth ivory. Now extinct, the mammoth roamed the earth until about 10,000 years ago. Mammoth ivory is found as a consequence of gold mining in Canada, Alaska and Siberia and is found in the layer just above the gold. It can also be found in deposits after a violent winter storm have revealed a portion of the material sticking up out of the permafrost near ancient lake beds. The grain pattern of spirals running clockwise and counter clockwise over one another proves it is pre-Ice Age mammoth ivory.
More of this collection is available in our collection of Fossilized Ivory Jewelry.