As they say, old is gold, same holds true for mammoth tusks, which is the only legal ivory worldwide. With elephant being completely banned in US, the demand for mammoth ivory has risen. The increasing popularity and ease of purchase and sale, legal ivory is very similar to elephant ivory, sharing the same texture, color and luster, making it even more precious.
Age of mammoth ivory
But do you know how old is the mammoth tusk that you intend buying? Most of the experts discern the age of the tusk from the rings in the tusk. These are quite the same as tree rings but are more detailed than that. The mammoth tusks have a major line for each year and minor lines for the days and the weeks, so it pretty much well-defined. Ivory experts and scientists can tell the season when the specific mammoth died. The thickness of the ring depends upon the health of the mammoth and is studied to know which season was more favorable for growth.
Only legal ivory for trade
With enhanced global warming, the permafrost is melting faster, leading to mammoth ivory hunters bountiful harvesting of precious, antique ivory into the global market. And that is why mammoth tusk ivory is traded easily worldwide without restrictions because wooly mammoths are extinct. But it is essential to only buy from reputed dealers with years into the business as fakes abound. Take a look at some of the most unique collection of genuine ivory artifacts and sculptures at http://www.mammothivory.info
Though mammoth ivory is solid, sometime over a period of time, it may require some repair. Or if you have heirlooms of elephant ivory and mammoth ivory, they may have tiny cracks which need to be filled. Sometimes, even missing parts are again carved and attached to make it look like new.
When repairs are made, the closest possible colored ivory is used, matching the texture, color and density so that the repair goes unnoticed. Only extremely skilled artists work on restorations as they have innate understanding of legal elephant and mammoth ivory, apart from carvings. To start with, an estimation si provided to the customer and if it approved, the process starts. The ivory pieces are cleaned, unless the customer doesn’t want it. The remnant of old layers of glue and other add-ons are removed. Usually a skilled art restorer or sculptor working on restoring ivory takes about 1 to 2 weeks because it is delicate work requiring articulated work.
Ivory has been a precious material for artwork since ages and continues to be an upmarket material for sculptures. After elephant ivory was banned in 1989, mammoth ivory has replaced it completely but there are innumerable people in possession of pre-1989 elephant ivory that require care but sometimes, repairs. That is why it is important to only select elephant and mammoth ivory restorers that have extensive experience in the industry. Regardless of the ivory sculpture’s age, restorers and artists can repair the art piece. But if you are looking for new mammoth ivory artifacts to add to your collection, don’t forget to check out an impressive range of handcrafted mammoth tusk ivory at http://www.mammothivory.info
Ivory is a suitable material to craft statues, figures and jewelry among a host of other products such as tusk carvings, snuff bottles, netsuke, scrimshaw and so much more. Though ivory has been carved since prehistoric times, most of it was for religious or practical purposes. But today, mammoth tusks and ivories have more of collectible value than practical use.
Many new designs of ivory have come out with the innovative techniques and artist concepts. Some of these include guitar picks, dice, hair sticks, miniature dollhouses and even jewelry. Though most of the themes are about trendy jewelry, vintage western and Chinese mythological animals, the minuet detailing is superb. Though mammoth ivory beads have caught the fancy of women all over, even US First Lady, Michele Obama was seen sporting a multi-layered mammoth ivory beaded necklace at a formal event.
So how do artists create such varied size mammoth tusk ivory beads? The small flakes and fragments of scrap mammoth ivory are used to create varying sizes of beads. These are cut by experienced ivory technicians and later polished. The next step is making of the raw mammoth tusk ivory cylinders, which preludes a stage prior to making round beads. These are made in a production unit, technicians work to carve systematically the cylinders into beads and then they are polished to make round beads for jewelry, necklaces and host of other beads. With a host of colors and pigmented ivory, they provide a range of colors in the ivory beads.
This is one of the most common queries that we receive is about caring for your mammoth ivory sculptures, tusks and other items crafted from mammoth tusk ivory. You invest in antique ivory or any other ivory, one of the most difficult tasks is to constantly maintain humidity and temperature as it is prone to cracks and turns brittle if left in extremely dry weather conditions.
Mammoth tusks are sourced from the tundra permafrost, where the fossil ivory has lain buried for over 10,000 years, in the Russian, Siberian and Alaskan regions. Due to constant cold temperature, it has been able to retain the original moisture. That is why it is essential to have higher humidity and temperature control, when showcasing genuine mammoth ivory. That is why it is important that you rub the ivory sculpture with mineral oil every few months to make sure that the moisture is not depleted. You can use Renaissance wax to polish it and restore the protective luster. But some of the preventive measures that you need to take for maintaining ivory in its pristine condition is not to mark it or put any type of ink on it.
Putting water on ivory can damage it so ensure that the ivory is prevented from being wet. As the structure of mammoth ivory is close to being fossilized to an extent, do not put it in direct sunlight or in extreme cold, as it will erode the inherent moisture and make it brittle. We recommend not to put ivory through temperature and moisture fluctuations as mammoth ivory is a precious commodity and can crack due to the variability. To see some astounding collection of mammoth ivory art and artifacts, check out http://www.mammothivory.info/
What an amazing amazing piece of Mammoth ivory Japanese Samurai brought to us by www.mammothIvory.info Collection. The master carver capture this Japanese Samurai while he holds one sword in his right hand & he got another sword tied to his belt.
He is holding one strip of the bamboo bag & the expression on his face reflects like he is going to move an obstacle or an unknown enemy. As well there are some bows in front of him.
This Samurai has been Hand carved by top skilled Master Carver To Perfection out from Genuine , High quality Mammoth Ivory Tusk. Mammoth Ivory is absolutely legal worldwide & TODAY IS THE BEST OPTION FOR ALL THE IVORY LOVERS & COLLECTORS – Who loves the Ivory artifacts but as well they loves the elephants & they are totally against elephant poaching & illegal Elephant ivory trade.
Mammoth Ivory tusks are eco friendly & are coming from the extinct woolly Mammoth – The prehistoric elephant . Those Mammoth roamed the earth before 10,000 years ago.
Today Mammoth ivory Tusk are being found at the arctic regions like Siberia, Russia or Alaska.
This Mammoth Ivory Figurine is 23 Cm Height Including the wood-stand.