On Radio 4 the other day, the statue of Athene in the Parthenon was described as being "made of gold and ivory", which neatly avoided one of the most beautiful words in the English langage: chryselephantine. Chrys for gold, elephantine for ivory.
Chryselephantine Athene goes rather well with Callipygian Venus. The word can also be used to describe any pale blond.
The Horologicon is a book of the strangest and most beautiful words in the English language arranged by the hour of the day when you will really need them. Words for breakfast, for commuting, for working, for dining, for drinking and for getting lost on the way home. It runs from uhtceare (sadness before dawn) to curtain lecture (a telling off given by your spouse in bed). It's out all over the world and you can buy it from these lovely people: