Mammoth Ivory Mom and Babe Rabbits, Kyanite Coin, 18K Gold Vermeil Necklace

Approx 19" long including pendant, pendant 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"


This unique sweet necklace is made with a mammoth ivory mother and baby rabbit  netsuke and the beautiful stone, kyanite.  The netsuke is signed on the underside of the rabbits by the artist that carved it.  The iridescent kyanite beads are in the shape of a coin and are overlapping.

The rabbit is symbolic of virtue and speed and also symbolic of longevity.  Those born in the year of the rabbit are intelligent, successful in business and lucky in love.

Kyanite is a iridescent stone with near sapphire-like blue color and a pearly luster with a silvery sheen.
In ancient times it was believed that a kyanite suspended from a human hair could fallow the Earth's magnetic force like a compass needle. In those times travelers took kyanite along with them, when they entered unknown territories.

Japanese artists starting in the 17th century cleverly invented the miniature sculptures known as netsuke  to serve a very practical function.  Traditional Japanese had no pockets. Men who wore them 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 and netsuke that was used as a counter weight as the pouch hung over his sash.

Such objects, often of great artistic merit, have a long history reflecting important aspects of Japanese folklore and life. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo period in Japan, around 1615-1868. Today, the art lives on and carvers, a few of whose modern works command high prices are in the UK, Europe, the USA, Japan and elsewhere. Prices at auctions in the USA for collectible netsuke typically range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending on the quality of the carving and the artist. Traditionally, 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.

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.