As per the latest figures by the International Union for Nature Conservation, mining of mammoth ivory tusks is a large scale business in Russia and Serbia. The tusks of extinct mammoths are pure enamel which is the reason that ivory has been able to survive the permafrost and harsh climatic changes.
However the fact that no animal is poached or killed to procure the mammoth ivory makes it an ethical material for use. It has gained prominence especially after the worldwide ban on elephant ivory and today, a huge range of complete tusk sculptures, jewelry, artifacts and sculptures are crafted.
From Hollywood stars to celebrities including Michelle Obama have seen sporting mammoth ivory jewelry at different occasions. The scarcity of the mammoth ivory tusks due to the mammoths being extinct has increased the pressure on the Russian antique ivory traders. Additionally, with limited ivory available for artists, the demand for fashionable mammoth ivory carvings is fast catching up all over the world but that is exactly the reason for the high prices. The process of locating and excavating a carcass of wooly mammoth in such extreme weather of Siberia is expensive. An average sculptor cannot work on mammoth ivory but requires precise skill and experience to work on fragile ivory. All of this compounds into the cost of the finished artifacts.
From pure ivory pieces, necklaces and jewellery to netsuke, tusk carvings, statues and scrimshaws, there is a wide range of legal ivory art pieces to collect and enjoy. Learn more about netsuke, carved tusks and intricately sculpted artifacts at www.mammothivory.info