How To Identify Fake Mammoth Ivory?

The intensely high demand for ivory and high prices has created a niche market for fake ivory. However, even though most people pay exorbitant prices to purchase ivory, most of the time they are unable to differentiate between real mammoth ivory and fake sculptures which mimic all of the nuances of real ivory to a layman. Here are some non-invasive methods to identify fakes and real ivory:

•    Using a jeweler’s magnifying glass to studying the ivory sculpture, start looking for pores or little streaks of brown and if you find it, it is not ivory but bone.

•    Another good method is listening to the sound by tapping on the sculpture. Plastic, bone and ivory make different sounds when tapped.

•    The older the ivory is the more yellow hues it has. Take the saliva test. Lick your finger and rub it over the ‘antique ivory’ sculpture. If you find yellow or brown color on your finger, you can be sure that the ivory or any other material has been colored to make it look older than it really is. As saliva has a variety of chemicals, this test only works with it.

•    The hot-pin test. Heat a pin and put it at the bottom of the sculpture. Plastic and other synthetic materials will get a dent but genuine ivory will not have any mark.

•    You can take a look at inherent cross hatch pattern of mammoth ivory which is clearly visible at the bottom or at a point where it is smooth. These are known as Schreger Lines.

•    Look for air-bubbles or tiny craters. If there are any visible, you can know that it is fake ivory made out of synthetic material that has been poured.

Is It Illegal To Sell Ivory?

Well, it is a very pertinent question and we get a host of queries from people all over the world asking whether the sale of ivory is illegal. However, I’ll like to clarify that ONLY elephant ivory is illegal for trade/sale/purchase while mammoth tusk ivory is the only LEGAL ivory in the world.

In the last few weeks, there have been changes in the U.S regulations of elephant ivory trade, banning it completely. Thus, if you are trying to sell old, pre-1989 elephant ivory, it would still be illegal to do so. But if you have mammoth ivory art pieces or even in raw form, you can sell it with ease.

The major reason for this demarcation is that elephants are still being illegally killed for ivory and by actively banning its sale and purchase including old ivory products; maybe elephant tusks would lose their charm.

On the other hand, when mammoth tusk ivory is readily available with the same luster and shine, add to it the historic value, why even bother about elephant ivory? By legal ivory, enjoy it, sell it or pass it down the generations as heirlooms.

Why Is Mammoth Ivory Colored?

If you have seen mammoth ivory sculptures with hues of blue, grey or brown, you might be wondering about the authenticity of the ivory. No, it is not a fake. Mammoth ivory is sourced from the skeletal remains of wooly mammoths that lay buried in the Tundra permafrost ever since the last Ice Age ended. Most of the tusks found in Siberia date around 10,000 to 40,000 years ago and as the mammoths are an extinct species, it is perfectly legal to trade in it unlike elephant ivory.

Mammoth ivory is harder than elephant ivory and most of it comes with a slight brown discoloration due to being buried in the mineral rich permafrost for centuries. The bark or the external layer of ivory absorbed the minerals in the soil and has a range of distinctive coloration depending upon the particular minerals in the soil where the mammoth tusks lay buried. That is the reason that there are different hues available in mammoth ivory. A versatile range of colored mammoth ivory is used as knife handles, pistol handles and mammoth ivory beads.

Although pure white ivory tusks commands a higher price but colored mammoth tusk ivory is not fake or painted. Most of the commonly available pieces of tusks have an outer bark which is brown. Some artists like to leave the tusks with the brown exterior on the sides and at the bottom, while carving through the layers of ivory in the middle, bringing to the forefront the rich luster of delicate workmanship and polished ivory. Browse a large range of sculpted mammoth tusk and carvings at http://www.mammothivory.info

 

Did You Buy Real or Fake Ivory?

Ivory consists of dentine which is present in the tusks and teeth of animals and cross-section of different ivories gives you a different look into the inherent patterns. But though there are reputed dealers selling 100% original and legal ivory, an equal number of scammers sell fake ivory. So did you buy real or fake ivory artifacts?

There are numerous subtle differences that are visible to even untrained eyes,  as many fake ivory products are crafted from reconstructed animal bone powder, but the color, texture and weight of the sculpture is very different. Dentine has little collagen and large amount of calcium phosphate which shows wear and tear over time. And ivory is sourced from wooly mammoths, elephants (now banned) as tusks while the teeth of wild boar, hippo, whales, and walrus are also considered as ivory. Some specific features that are consistent with natural ivory include high gloss with silky feel, inherent inter-sectional arches that are visible when holding it lengthwise and variations when you look down into it.

While plastic, bone powder, antlers and bone sculptures have a different weight and feel. To start with there are no Schreger lines. Bones have small channels as nerves and blood vessels go through it. It may not be visible to all but if you put light behind it, they appear as dots and dashes. While antlers have a darker color with honeycomb patterns all through the center, plastics on the other hand are lighter with an artificial look. However, you need to be conversant with ivory before you can make out the difference so it is bets to buy from top ivory traders and dealers as they provide you with authentic material at affordable prices. Check out genuine mammoth ivory art at http://www.mammothivory.info/

Parrots carving on Genuine Mammoth Ivory Tusk

Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a treeWoow… I am really fill lucky to hold this amazing Mammoth Ivory carving vertical tusk of the Parrots family hand carve on 100% genuine Mammoth ivory tusk. This beautiful Mammoth ivory carving is from the  Mammoth ivory Tusk collection at IvoryAndArt.com gallery. I am in love with ivory carving but  in those days i am really into the mammoth Ivory carving because of some good reasons:

Why do  i love Mammoth ivory So Much?

First – It’s eco friendly & carved out from the extinct woolly mammoth that roamed the earth before 10,000 ago.
Therefore no elephant is being killed in order to make such beautiful artifact

Second: To hold in your hand a piece that is a 10,00 years old – always make me excited – Just imagine those huge elephants with their huge tusks walking wild in nature.

Third: Money Investment – Yeas Mammoth ivory is one of the best investments in the field of art today – but for sure is a better investment than Elephant Ivory. The one major reason of the increasing price of the mammoth ivory tusk is the fact that the Mammoth tusks are belongs to extinct animal & in order to find them you need to explore for the in the arctic places like Siberia Russia . As well it’s become harder to find the Mammoth tusks & ofcourse that the number them will come to an end.

Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree
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Hand crafted mammoth ivory group of parrots on a tree

 

Cool stuff A Possible 35,000-year-old Ivory Carving

People always asking me why i am so  crazy for Ivory Carvings – well i finally found the best answer that will shut their mouse.

35,000 years old ivory carving
A carved ivory female figurine

 

Look at this cool amazing ivory carving that  found in 2008 in a cave in Schelklingen, southern Germany is allegedly the world's oldest reproduction of a human with an estimated age of at least 35,000 years.

 

Resource:

http://tesserae.blogspot.com/2009/05/possible-35000-year-old-ivory-carving.html

 

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