Mammoth Ivory Bead Necklace
With this remarkable bead necklace, Jamie Olson has altered his course in the field of jewelry design and creativity. Jamie pushed himself into attempting a necklace of Mammoth tusk ivory, the only legal ivory that can be traded and worked legally worldwide. Jamie taught himself the delicate details of cutting and polishing beads. Anyone who knows Jamie realizes his fastidious approach to all things. His rule of thumb is “measure thrice, cut once.” From this endeavor, Jamie has created this amazing and truly original necklace.
About my work, or lack of, it chose me as much as I chose it. Asked where I get my ideas, I can't really say for sure. I'm thankful I get them once in awhile, and have the basic skills to carry them through to a satisfactory condition, at that point and time. I'm blessed, I love what I do, it's a passion. When that love and passion is not there, I'll do something else. Today I live and work in Bluff, Utah, my home and shop is a 1965 Winabago trailer, 7' x 15' inside dimensions, I believe in low overhead.
I've been doing these types of pieces, I like to call wearable art, in a limited way for the last seven years, before that I mostly poured concrete and abused alcohol, I gave both up May 24th, 1994, I became a free man.
I have a passion for prehistoric peoples, especially the Anasazi, since I live and work in their historic home land. The pottery sherds, a functional art form which I incorporate into a lot of my designs are, as I like to say recycled refuse, prehistoric trash, 600 - 1,000 years old. Legally collected on private property. Most of it goes back to the earth, or we can bring some to light and enjoy.
Other materials I use have been used by prehistoric peoples for thousands of years, mostly for decorative uses. Turquoise, Jet, a carbonized wood (dense coal), Pipe stone, Mammoth Ivory not a local material but wonderful stuff. Almost alive again after 15 - 20 thousand years. These pieces are of constructed silver, sheet, wire, etc., bonded by intense heat every piece is one of a kind, in it's own right.
I'm still flattered by the fact that people pay good money for what I create, especially since it's something we don't really have to have, or thankfully, maybe we do. Thanks and enjoy!