Mammoth Ivory Fox Chinese Turquoise, Lampwork Glass Necklace

Approx 20" long, 2" drop x 1 1/2"



This fabulous mammoth ivory fox netsuke gives this necklace with an Asian flare a contemporary look.  The fox is signed by the artist who carved him on his back hip.   I have suspended the fox from a strand of Chinese turquoise beads in a variety of shapes - ovals and carved pieces.  In between is a beautiful glass lamp work bead that picks up the color in the turquoise.  The necklace is finished with a 18k gold vermeil clasp.

The fox is believed to have supernatural qualities and can assume human form, mischievously toying with love affairs.  They are symbolic of longevity.

Starting in the 17th century Japanese artists invented miniature sculptures known as netsuke  which served as a counter weight for a pouch that was hung over the man's sash.  Since Japanese robes had no pockets  men needed a place to keep personal belongings such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.  They kept them in a pouch or box that was suspended from a cord over his sash.

These beautiful carvings reflected important aspects of Japanese folklore and life.  Today, the art  form continues and some carver's work is in high demand and are highly priced from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending on the quality of the carving and the artist. Netsukes have been carved from mammoth and elephant ivory, ebony, fossil walrus tusk, mahogany, rosewood and hippopotamus tooth.  The netsukes, often signed by the artist, are getting harder to find as the detail in each piece takes patience and time.

Turquoise is the birthstone of December and zodiacal stone for Sagittarius.  It is believed to attract abundance and prosperity and is associated with love, power, independence, individuality, and confidence.
Chinese turquoise is known for its variation of color and surface ranging from a smooth deep blue-green color to a porous and green-brown color.  Its variation of shade and the interesting veining makes for a versatile piece of jewelry to be worn with many colors and styles of dress.

Mammoth Ivory comes from the extinct mammoth elephant that roamed the Earth during the Pliocene era from around 4.8 million to 4,500 years ago. Because they are extinct they are not endangered and therefore, are legal and save the African elephant.  The artisans that carved elephant ivory are now carving mammoth ivory that is recovered in Siberia.