To make a long story short, here's the necklace. I met him in Anchorage today (I do a lot of business at the coffee shop in the Barnes & Noble!). He took the necklace, I took the cash. I headed straight to the shoe store, if you must know.
In the center of the focal part of the necklace is a highly polished shard of fossilized walrus ivory. I purchased a whole bunch of these beauties from a local native man who has connections on St. Paul Island. I drill several holes in them to secure the beadwork. Well, I used to. I don't think I have much patience for this type of work anymore.