The most amazing aspect of mammoth ivory is that it is always in vogue. Ever since the 17th century when it was used to craft jewelry pieces and raw material for miniature paintings, mammoth ivory use has been traced to ancient civilizations. However, the question arises, whether mammoth ivory is available and for how long will it be available?
Considering the limited resources that are available and constant excavations in the Arctic regions is leading to quick depletion of the tusks. However as per the experts there are still thousands of carcasses buried deep inside the Tundra regions and equal amount in the higher regions of China. Alaska has large reserves of the buried and extinct wooly mammoths and native Eskimos have been using mammoth ivory in place of wood for support since eons.
But it was only after 1989 when the elephant ivory was banned that mammoth ivory came into focus. Mammoth ivory is in great demand in traditional Chinese medicines. Apart from that China is the hub of expert artists that have experience working with ivory. From carving complete mammoth tusks weighing over 40 kg to sculpting tiny netsuke as collectibles, there are a wide range of art and creativity that can be shown in ivory.
Even though mammoth ivory is precious and rare, there are experienced artists that take weeks and months to create astoundingly beautiful sculptures carving through the different layers of ivory. Using woodworking tools and tiny drills, some of the most delicate and exquisite designs have been carved in mammoth ivory. To see some of the beautiful works of art, check out http://www.mammothivory.info