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