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Mammoth Ivory

Jan 2, 2008
Throughout history, world cultures have engaged in artistic pursuits, from the rock paintings of indigenous tribal people to the strong European traditions of painting and sculpture. Ivory is a substance which has been celebrated for centuries and has been used in the creation of some of the most beautiful artifacts that have ever existed. Although ivory has long been used for sculptures, jewelry and other decorations, the ban on the harvesting of elephant ivory which was declared in 1989 could have ceased the creation of ivory ornaments. This was fortunately avoided by the use of Mammoth ivory.

Elephants are limited in number, and were decreasing rapidly due to their being killed for ivory tusks. The remnants of the ancient wooly mammoth, the predecessor to the modern elephant, have long since been used as a source for ivory of great beauty. Because the mammoth was commonly found in ancient times, people in the regions which the mammoth once walked have been discovering and trading mammoth ivory for many years. These days, with the recent illegality of elephant ivory, mammoth ivory provides an option which is equally as rare and beautiful, and less ethically dubious.

The woolly mammoth often grew to an impressive size, which is why the remains of the species give craftsmen enough ivory for ivory artworks to be produced continually. A mammoth's ivory tusk could grow to measure as much as five feet in length, and thus those that are still discovered to this day supply the ivory trade adequately. Not all mammoth ivory has the same coloration. The tones in which mammoth ivory naturally occurred range from light to dark, due to the specific parts of the tusk having individual coloration.

The cold, large region of Siberia has allowed the perfect climate for the preservation of mammoth remains, and thus ivory tusks are frequently discovered and are obtained by connoisseurs for sculpture and other artistic purposes. Collectors have even been known to pay large amounts for whole tusks for display amongst their private collections of historical artifacts and relics. People also purchase mammoth ivory in smaller quantities so as to embark on their own personal carving projects.

If you are interested in purchasing an ivory sculpture made out of mammoth ivory, or a piece of mammoth ivory jewelry, you can find a host of pre-made items on the internet, and some jewelers even offer to design a unique item specially to suit your requirements. Mammoth ivory jewelry presents a great alternative to jewelry which uses precious or semi-precious stones alone, as it allows the wearer to adorn the body with part of a rare extinct animal.

Ivory is so sought after that it is lucky that a legal and politically correct alternative to elephant ivory already existed. Aside from jewelry made from mammoth ivory, an art specialist supplier may be able to provide you with the most beautiful antique which you have ever seen. It is simple to browse online catalogues for the most exquisite items.

When you buying a piece of Mammoth Ivory over the net. Please pay attention that it is a genuine mammoth ivory piece and not a fraud.
About the Author
Shlomi Sha writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Mammoth Ivory to Mammoth Ivory tusks.
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