I have beaded this carved mammoth ivory flower with a variety of beads and carved beads in the same color as the carved flower. The flower is very intricately carved on one side and is flat on the reverse side. Most of the beads are mammoth ivory (11 - 12mm decreasing to 8mm near the clasp) with some carved bone flower beads. I have interspersed them with some small bright green malachite beads for interest. The carved flower is 1 1/4" in diameter, the necklace is 19" around finished with a sterling silver clasp. This light weight necklace is perfect for the spring and summer but is smashing on a darker color so can be worn all year.
Mammoth Ivory comes from tusk of the extinct mammoth elephant that lived on the Earth from about 4.8 million to 10,000 years ago. They has been preserved in ice in the Arctic areas of Siberia, North Canada or Alaska and are found as the ice melts. Although elephant ivory is banned, fossilized mammoth ivory has been legal for over 300 years as it does not threaten any living species, and is therefore, eco-friendly and there are no restrictions on selling or buying it. Mammoth ivory is rare and expensive since they have been extinct for millions of years. The artisans that carved elephant ivory in such beautiful detail in the past are now carving mammoth ivory. I believe wearing mammoth ivory encourages the preservation of the African elephant.
This unique necklace is very wearable as it goes from season to season and will go with just about every thing.
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Item ID: C3935RL
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