Is My Heirloom Ivory Legal?

by ani.choudhary on July 2, 2014

We receive a host of queries about trying to sell heirloom ivory online. However, the fact remains that whether the ivory you own is legal or not depends upon the ivory that you have. Only mammoth tusk ivory and fossil ivories are considered legal for trade. So if you are looking to sell pre-ban antique elephant ivory, chances are high that you won’t be able to sell it easily as current laws ban trade in elephant ivory in most countries. The difficulty is in proving provenance of the ivory sculpture that you own. If you have the requisite paperwork and can prove that it was bought before the ban was applied, you might be able to sell it only in countries that do not adhere to the C.I.T.E.S laws.

A few months ago, many states within US passed a new law that completely bans all trade in elephant ivory regardless of whether it was bought in 1800s or legally. This was done to stop the illegal trade in elephant ivory that continues to illegally flourish in many nations in Asia and Africa. As more countries adhere to the stringent policies and laws relating to elephant trade ban, the demand is fulfilled by mammoth ivory.

If you have mammoth ivory product or sculpture, you can sell it to a store, online or even on auction websites. The real reason that mammoth ivory is legal for sale and purchase is due to the fact that no animal is harmed to harvest the ivory as wooly mammoths are extinct. Globally, it is the only legal ivory which is sourced in Arctic and Siberia and carved in China and Hong Kong before it is purchased by ivory-lovers worldwide. To see a beautiful collection of hand crafted, legal and organic mammoth ivory sculptures, check out the collection at http://www.mammothivory.info

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Old Secret Techniques of Hand Painting Mammoth Ivory

by ani.choudhary on June 22, 2014

Doesn’t the hand-painted mammoth ivory look realistic? Well, the main reason is that ivory requires light water colors to remain translucent yet retain the color over ivory. The art of painting on mammoth ivory started in the 1700s though elephant ivory was equally in vogue. The sheets of ivory were wafer like and the thickness was just 1 mm, making the sheets completely translucent.

As watercolors were non-greasy and not absorbed by ivory with ease, it was difficult to make the colors stick on the ivory permanently. The artists started roughing the surface of the ivory using sand paper which helped to retain the color. They bleached the ivory in the sun to make it whiter while other de-greased the ivory by treating it with garlic and vinegar. To add more stickiness to the watercolors, Arabic gums were added while more conservative artists used bile from the gall bladder of the bulls, which allowed the paints to flow better.

However, before painting on ivory, the thin sheets of mammoth ivory need to be kept at a certain humidity levels and constant low temperatures to ensure that it does not crack or turn brittle. Most of the artists working with mammoth ivory of any for use a soft cotton cloth to cover the sheets even in a dark room. Most of the longer sheets are sliced vertically while the shorter ones for portraits and miniatures which were popular in the 18th century were oval as the horizontal slicing were done, to fit into lockets and frames. Check out some of the most beautiful hand painted and carved collection of pure and legal mammoth ivory at http://www.mammothivory.info

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Is Mammoth Ivory Still Available?

by ani.choudhary on April 19, 2014

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

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How Much Does Carved Mammoth Ivory Tusk Cost?

by ani.choudhary on April 3, 2014

This is a very common question that we are asked oftentimes about the real cost of a mammoth tusk. However, the answer varies because the cost of buying a raw tusk will differ from a carved and polished tusk that is ready for display. The complete process of locating and excavating a mammoth ivory tusk from the harsh permafrost in the Arctic regions is time consuming and painstaking and add to it the cost of transportation, there is a direct price increase.

After the raw mammoth tusk is sent out to artists and sculptors, the price increases as they spend weeks or even a month sometimes to carve out the complete design. The cost increases and most of the well-carved and polished tusks cost anywhere between $10,000 to $60,000 easily, depending upon the size, weight and color of the tusk, apart from the amount of carving done upon it.

Looking at the available options and depending upon your budget, investment in mammoth ivory is profitable as there is limited supply. Whether you can buy a complete tusk or prefer collecting mammoth ivory netsuke or other figurines costing less, mammoth ivory is a priceless material. It is a part of history in your hands. Look for art pieces, figurines and even sculptures that suit your taste and budget, because after all, mammoth ivory is chic, elegant and in limited supply. But ensure that you only buy from a reputed dealer and you can check online for reviews and feedback easily. Check out one of the largest range of mammoth ivory products including netsuke, mammoth ivory tusks, and sculptures at http://www.mammothivory.info

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Making of Mammoth Ivory Jewelry

by ani.choudhary on March 10, 2014

Not just sculptures, but mammoth ivory is one of the favorite medium for making jewelry among a host of other products. Artists use scrap ivory to craft small pendants, earrings and mammoth ivory beads, there is a large market for beautiful yet small-sized ivory jewelry. The ivory is teamed with silver, gold setting and adorned with opals, agates, zircon, pearls and a host of other semi-precious gems to accentuate the beauty of the jewelry.

The artists first carve the tiny ivory scraps into tiny sculptures while the jewelers embellish them with the metal and gemstones, polish it and it is ready to be worn. This amazing mammoth ivory bead necklace is one of the most exquisite pieces of jewelry sold at the reputed mammoth ivory store. As you can see, the beads are crafted from genuine mammoth ivory, while the varied pigmentation of soil minerals that the tusk absorbed can be seen clearly. Then the raw ivory tusk scraps are crafted and polished as beads, carved and etched with tiny details and holes.

Notice the beautiful color, polish and etchings, giving it a rustic look. The different sized beads and cylindrical beads close together with gold lock, is a product of delicate craftsmanship. The different shaped beads are hand carved, polished and then beaded together.  Sometimes the raw exterior bark is removed, before the white ivory is used to craft the sculptures and scraps used to carve small jewelry pieces, but here the bark has been left and can be seen as a black accent on one bead. These high quality pure mammoth ivory beads and other jewelry pieces make a unique piece in your jewelry collection while accentuating the beauty of your dress. Take a look at uniquely carved collection of mammoth ivory products at http://www.mammothivory.info

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