Determining The Age Of Mammoth Ivory Tusks

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

More About Three Star Gods- Fuk, Luk and Sau

Though mammoth ivory is one of the most sought after material for affluent collections, it is impressive to see the level of artistry and creativity that the artists portray with the material. Look at this impressive and detailed sculpture of the Three Star Gods, symbolizing good fortune, longevity and prosperity. As per the Taoist traditions, the 3 gods are Fuk, Luk and Sau. Look at the wonderful carvings, the intricate detailing and beautiful delineated mammoth tusk ivory figurines. Set on wood in this particular sculpture, the teakwood with its grain adds to the beauty of the sculptures.

The raw material is mammoth tusk ivory which is harvested from the frozen skeletal remains of ancient mammoth tusk ivory that still lies buried in the permafrost of the vast, uninhibited expanses of Arctic and Siberian regions. As it is harder than fresh ivories, great care has to be taken to ensure that it is maintained at specific temperature so that it does not crack or turn brittle. Though most of the core ivory remains milky white, there maybe discoloration in places.

The Three Lucky Men or Three Star Gods signify prosperity, good fortune and long life as per Feng Shui or the ancient Taoist beliefs. As per the sources of Feng Shui, there are various legends associated with it. They represent celestial energies which are channelized through these Gods to benefit us. Fuk Luk Sau, as the three wise men are known need to be placed in an area where they are easily visible with good energy surrounding them. These can be any places such as a high shelf or on the table in the living area.

Now you can know if your ivory is legal!

High-Tech response to crime

JULIAN RUSH: A state-of-the-art particle accelerator is used to count
the Carbon-14 atoms in the sample. The use of such a high-tech machine
as this against wildlife crime is the result of a new collaboration
between forensic scientists, conservationists, and police and customs.

This accelerator mass spectrometer is normally used to date bones
for archaeologists or rocks for geologists. It’s the first time this
sophisticated carbon-dating technique has been used in a case of
wildlife crime. It brings a new weapon to the fight against an illegal
trade in animal parts and products that some have estimated is worth
more than a billion pounds a year.

DR. ROSS MCEWING, Trade Wildlife Forensics Network: We now are able
to fully enforce the wildlife trade legislation. Before, we weren’t
able to do that. So it opens the door, really, for police to use funds
and to actually go after people who are trading in ivory.

JULIAN RUSH: The dating technique was used in court. Though the
woman accused of illegally trading ivory was acquitted, her defense did
not challenge the science.

HEATHER SOHL, WWF-UK: We still believe that forensic tests such as
the one used in this case are very strong and should be used where
possible in order to help the enforcement authorities to actually stop
these traders. So it won’t stop us from supporting forensic test
development nor in their use by enforcement authorities. It’s a key
step to make sure that in the future there are successful prosecutions.

JULIAN RUSH: This ivory was recovered from poachers in Kenya in
April. Because of the trade in fake antique ivory, the number of
elephants killed is rising again. Conservationists hope now they can
date ivory scientifically and accurately, the forgers will think again
and the elephants will live.

Don’t buy Elephants Ivory – try Mammoth Ivory Instead

Richard Leakey is trying to answer the hard question of why lately the poaching for ivory increasing?

Elephant poaching in Africa has been increasing at an alarming rate. Kenya, whose elephant population has – according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) – increased from 16,000 elephants before the 1989 CITES ban on ivory trade to the current 32,000 – has seen its fair share of this poaching. It is now becoming a big problem and we are likely to see a sharp decline in the population of the African elephant if poaching remains unchecked. But how did this sudden increase occur and how can we solve it?


First, this problem is not a problem of Kenya alone. It is happening all over Africa. Whereas the KWS blames the CITES-sanctioned one-off auction of ivory from southern African states to China and Japan for the sudden upsurge of poaching, there are indeed other factors that come into play. The upsurge in poaching is not a direct consequence of the auction although it did trigger the growth in demand.

What happened is that the auction made legal ivory available in the market and that was the danger. The sudden availability of a significant amount of ivory revitalized a market that had disappeared. Now, there is no way that legal ivory could satisfy demand in this enlarged market. Illegal ivory, consequently, found a new outlet and soon started fetching better prices at the source.

Although the influx on Chinese workers in Africa is also blamed for rising poaching, this is unlikely to be contributing significantly to the problem. The Chinese workers are lowly paid and thus they don’t have the large amounts of money required to buy ivory from poachers.

Far more important, there is quite a busy ivory market in China triggered by the one-off auction of Ivory last year. Twenty years ago ivory was not very affordable in China. Only a few rich people could buy. Today, China’s per capita income has been growing by about 8% per year. There are now tens of millions of Chinese people who can buy ivory. This is where the problem is.

In 1980s majority of these new buyers were young and did not know about the ivory crisis. The one-off sale however alerted this new market to the availability of ivory.

Poverty has also increased in Africa as the population grows faster than the economy. People are increasingly becoming desperate and are therefore getting more involved in poaching to put food on the table. The current drought in Kenya has made the situation even worse.

We also know that majority of African elephant range states have no effective policing mechanisms to contain this problem. in Kenya, the KWS has no money to fund any effective law enforcement that is required to contain poaching and the illegal ivory trade.

A solution needs to be found and the way forward is to try and get the total ban on ivory trade reinstated. Once the ban is reinstated, ivory disappears from the market. Possession of ivory becomes a crime. Policing thus gains some effectiveness. Furthermore, lack of a market will drive the price of raw ivory in Africa down.

People have asked me if KWS should repeat the public burning of ivory to make a statement, especially now that it is the 20-year anniversary of this event. I say it depends on how this is handled. Of course, we did raise some money back then, but the idea was new then. It is now an old idea and old ideas have to be handled carefully. It would however be a PR disaster for the KWS to sell the ivory to a third party.

In the old days, we created a fine force that was able to bring down the level of poaching until Kenya’s elephant population started increasing.  The situation is different today. Twenty years ago, elephant poaching was done by Somalis who were not very well equipped. Today, the poachers are mostly local people especially in the north of the country.

In the north, there are very many guns used primarily in cattle rustling – by both the rustlers and those protecting their cattle. These guns are now being used in poaching. This is worsened by KWS allowing the nomadic pastoralists into wildlife reserves especially during this drought. This is a big mistake. KWS should clear the reserves in order to get these guns away from elephants.

Until something is done, poaching will continue to escalate. The time to act is now.

We at looking at the poaching for ivory & THE WAR AGAINST  THE IVORY POACHING as a problem.

Of course that we are against elephant poaching for ivory but still we do like ivory carving.

With the ban of ivory the prices are going up,  frauds are being very common & it’s become very difficult to sell or to buy Ivory worldWide.

So what can we do?

As a matter of fact, as a moral people we can’t approve or accept the poaching of the elephant in order to get Ivory.

We do love Ivory but we love our world & especially Elephants we don’t  want to encourage any illegal Ivory trading nor poaching elephant for Ivory.

The best solution for mean time is to buy Mammoth ivory Carving!!! Mammoth ivory is Legal worldwide & no animal is being poaching. The woolly mammoth is extinct from this world before 10,000 years ago & It’s really an amazing Ivory to carved on.

It’s very similar to the elephant ivory tusk but the tusks are nuch bigger that the elephant’s tusks  & it’s can reach more than 5-6 Meter length.

Look at this site for legal interesting Mammoth ivory carvings:

Look at this  picture of Mammoth ivory carving artifacts: Figurines, Netsuke & tusk sall made out of Mammoth Ivory tusk: