Why Is Mammoth Ivory Tusk Legal For Sale?
Trading in ivory has always been in demand all over the world. However, it is usually under scrutiny due to the fact that more than 80% of the tusks actually came from elephants. This led to a global ban of trading with elephant ivory which resulted in huge demands of mammoth ivory tusks worldwide. The reason for which it is not put within legal regulations is because the Wooly Mammoth has extinct 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Therefore, governments can’t tie it with legal boundaries because there are no live animals to be concerned about. With this being said, the global market of mammoth ivory tusks has taken a significant leap forward. With raw and carved ivory in demand, master artists
Length formation and how it reflects on pricing
When it comes to mammoth ivory tusks there are several factors that need to be taken into account regarding the price. The first and probably most important is the length of the tusk itself. Now, length of the tusk is naturally formed over the years as the animal grows. The mammoths are known for long, thick and curvy tusks that worked as digging tools and means of protection as well. For instance, mammoths have been known to use their tusks in order to dig through the ice and get to the grass beneath it in order to eat during winters.
The biggest tusk that has been excavated is over 4 meters long and weighs around 90 kilograms. This belonged to a male mammoth. Females on the other hand used to have smaller tusks which are still huge compared to today’s elephants. The average sized varied between 1.4 and 1.8 meters long and weighing around 10 kilograms. Modern statistics show that the bigger the tusk is the higher the price goes, especially if it is a full piece, free from discoloration and well preserved.
The right color of the tusk can make the tusk even more valuable
Not every excavated ivory tusk can be used for carvings or sculptures. There are several different categories of mammoth ivory tusk and they are all based on the shape and colors. The highest and the one that is considered top quality, consists of complete tusks as well as well-preserved ivory. Shards of a broken tusk are not wasted but used to make beads and jewelry inlays. While smaller pieces are used to craft figurines, piano keys and even knife handles. However, most of it is rather blue or brown due to the discoloration processes that takes place underneath the earth over the years that the mammoth has been buried. The minerals in the soil leech into the ivory and give it different hues. However, to ensure that the ivory that you are buying is pure mammoth ivory, make sure to check it for the Scherer lines, which are inherent patterns in mammoth ivory and vary from the patterns on elephant ivory.