Mammoth Ivory Jewelry-the Latest Fad
Since the ban on ivory, ivory jewelry has become a strict no-no for some people around the world for obvious reasons. However, because of all the legalities and humane concerns related to this trade, ivory collectors have been looking at mammoth ivory. It is here now. If you want, purchase and flaunt mammoth ivory jewelry, the latest trendsetter in the market.
Mammoth ivory jewelry is quickly rising up the popularity charts with designers creating eye-catching pieces that attract immediate attention. The thrill of using something made with antique ivory coupled with possession of legal ivory proves to be a heady combination for buyers. Ethical and environmentally friendly, mammoth ivory is sourced from the Arctic regions and the major source of the material comes from Siberia. After the last ice age, 12,000 to 10,000 years ago, due to climatic chances, the woolly mammoths perished and remained buried deep under the permafrost. According to an estimate there are almost 150,000,000 giant tuskers lying there under the ice. However, with rampant harvesting it cannot last forever and that is driving the prices of mammoth ivory high. Additionally, it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to harvest and transport the tusks safely as change in temperature can turn the tusks brittle and useless.
As the world reels with global warming and the permafrost melts away, more and more mammoth tusks are being harvested during the summers. Mammoth Ivory jewelry automatically separates you from the crowd, period. In Siberia, this has already turned into a big business helping this ice-laden country rake in huge revenue from an almost unthinkable source. Although each piece of jewelry is handcrafted, it takes a few days to a few weeks to present the piece of jewelry. Bead making is an art as each tiny bead as to be sanded, cut and polished for bringing out that luster that makes ivory such a sought after commodity.
However, jewelry pieces are not restricted to pendants and earrings, but exquisite detailed beads of different forms are being carved. These are them teamed with different semi-precious beads and strung together or you can get a necklace crafted from just mammoth ivory beads. The smaller tusks or broken pieces of good quality tusks are used for carving these small jewelry pieces though you can find elaborate necklaces, bracelets, earrings and hairpins of various dimensions as needed. If you are looking for a specific design, there are many ivory carvers that would customize the mammoth ivory jewelry for you.