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, free form shaped, one of a kind, bead pendant made out of Fossil Woolly Mammoth Ivory! Measures 44mm long by 25mm wide by 8mm thick. Drill hole is about 3mm This bead's color is classic ivory, it hasn't been darkened by thousands of years of exposure to mineralization and exposure to the elements. The patterning in this piece cross hatching (the angles of the Sschreger lines, or cross hatchings, are on average less than 90 degree angles which is one way to PROVE that this is fossil mammoth ivory and NOT from an elephant. In elephant ivory the Schreger lines are on average more than 115 degrees. Keep this material away from intense exposure to moisture or heat (which is bad for organic gemstones like this)
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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 Mammoth 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. It is anywhere from 10,000 to several million years old. Mammoths and Mastodons died out over 10,000 years ago and using this organic gemstone does not threaten any endangered species. This is sometimes referred to as "fossil ivory" however it has not turned to stone, it is still and organic gemstone and not a rock or mineral.