Fossil ivory and bone from walrus and mammoth is perfectly LEGAL to buy, work, sell, and wear almost everywhere in United States. However, there are now fossil specific sales bans in NY, NJ, CA, and HI. We won't ship to those states, nor will we ship overseas. Sorry.
A really wonderful, naturally shaped, one of a kind, bead pendant made out of Fossil Walrus Tooth! Measures 22mm long by 18mm wide by 14mm thick. Drill hole is about 3mm. This tooth's color is light to dark brown. Fossil ivory from walrus and mammoth is perfectly LEGAL to buy, work, sell, and wear! NO modern mammals are harmed in the collection of this ivory. It is dug up. I buy my fossil ivory rough from a reputable dealer who has sold ONLY fossil ivory for over 30 years. You can buy this material with confidence that no animal died in this millenium to provide us with this beautiful organic gemstone!
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This material is collected by Native people in Alaska, Siberia, and Canada and can only be gathered for a few months every summer during the thaw. Of course that's changing with all the permafrost melting due to climate change, so more fossil mammoth and walrus ivory is being exposed in Arctic regions. The coloration depends on how well it is preserved and what minerals might have been present where it was found. Fossil walrus ivory can be hundreds to thousands of years old. It is found in old hunting grounds and areas that the natives know where walrus herds have gathered for centuries to live and die, so there are lots of pieces of tusks to mine there. Fossil Mammoth ivory is found in the banks of streams, by mineral miners removing overburden, and by others that scour the tundra looking to collect this beautiful and rare material. Wooly Mammoths died out over 10,000 years ago and using this organic gemstone does not threaten any endangered species. This very old ivory is referred to as "fossil ivory" however it has not turned to stone, it is still and organic gemstone and not a rock or mineral. It cuts, polishes, smells, and feels just like the ivory that it is (along with the funk of thousands of years of earthy permafrost mixed in!).