With the great demand of different ivories, especially after the elephant ivory ban, most people know about fossil ivory. It is usually found in Siberia, Alaska and Canada. Though it is in abundance, it can be mined by anyone who has a permit to mine in these regions. Usually found embedded in the permafrost or in the trash piles of old Eskimo villages, ivory objects have always been treasured.
The reason that ivory is usually mentioned as fossil ivory is because with time and pressure on organic materials, they mineralize as fossils. As minerals are carried by water, it permeates deep into the empty cells of organic matter and gets buried there. With time, all empty cellular space is filled with tiny mineral deposits, giving it a stone like look. But even if it doesn’t get a stone like feel, the minerals color the pure ivory, giving it different hues and color pigmentation. Most of the time, quartz, silica and calcite are few of the minerals that get deposit into the organic material and recrystallization begins. Over thousands of years, organic material is slowly replaced. This happens over time with bones, trees and any other organic materials that does not decay.
Other ivory that is used is vegetable ivory that is sourced from the Tagua seed in South America and African sub-continent. Ivory is associated with medical use since ancient times and even the fossil ivory was carried around with ancient tribesmen and people as sacred charms. If youa re looking for mammoth ivory artifacts, sculptures and even fossilized ivory check out the most unique collection at amazing prices at http://www.mammothivory.info