Monique Pean Turns Mammoth Bone Into Striking Sustainable Jewelry for Holiday Gifting

Monique Pean modling her jewerly

As you wait with bated breath for our annual Gift Guide for the Fashion Buff—don't worry, it's coming next month—Monique Pean's collection of handmade sustainable fine jewelry offers exquisite pieces that you can add to your wish list now.

Pean uses 100% recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds, supports fair trade and artisans, and gathers all materials following environmentally-responsible methods. The pieces are as sustainable as they are beautiful, so it's also no wonder that Michelle Obama is a fan of the wooly mammoth bone jewelry.

Monique Pean showing earrings
braclet earring set

Pean is known for her commitment to sustainability and her signature use of fossilized wooly mammoth ivory. Many artists promote the use of fossilized mammoth and walrus ivory to short-circuit the demand for illegally-sourced elephant ivory. In her commitment to using only sustainably-sourced material she also promotes the cultures of the areas where she sources her raw products. For example, her Sut'ana collection from 2012, is a reference to the words "black" and "blue" in the Incan dialect. A ring from that collection follows below.

Monique Pean models ring

Her statement jewelry pieces boast Peruvian Opalina, Scandinavian meteorite, Guatemalan jade, and vivid amazonite, among others. Designs combine complimentary olive-grey sunburst fossilized walrus ivory, vivid blue fossilized woolly mammoth tooth root, white diamond plate, and18K recycled oxidized white gold to make stunning one-of-a-kind pieces.

mammoth bone necklace

The black and white fossilized woolly mammoth and hand-carved scrimshaw necklace, pictured below, stand out. This bold jewelry merges color blocking and architectural elements aligned with Pean's inspiration for the 2012 season, which she elaborates on, below.

During my trip to Peru, I not only visited the amazing Nazca Lines and Macchu Picchu, but also spent time exploring the markets, tasting the food and embracing local traditions throughout the country. I was particularly struck by the dynamic color and modern sense of planar design that saturate the city of Cuzco.
mammoth bone necklace and earring set

Also memorable are the eye-catching cognac fossilized walrus ivory, opal, black jade with pyrite, and white diamond earrings, pictured above, which are edgy, modern, and equally as chic. For holiday delivery, start planning now. It requires 6-8 weeks to be made.

Bangle set and earrings

For this holiday season, you'll need to start saving your pennies--ahem, hundred dollar bills--now since they retail on the steep end. Or if you'd rather receive than give, send a loved one over to, where the entire collection can be conveniently ordered online.