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Bone and Ivory Jewelry Information

Ivory Ivory jewelry is made from the tusks of elephants and various other mammals. However, the term is sometimes used to denote different “ivories”: hippopotamuses, walruses, whales, and fossils. Real elephant ivory has characteristic brownish cross-hatched graining, and is more beautiful and costly than the others. It is initially white but ages with a yellow to brownish patina. Ivory can be readily carved and has been used for jewelry since antiquity. Vegetable ivory is an imitation ivory made from a South American and African palm. Ivory jewelry was very popular in the Victorian era and also in Art Nouveau jewelry. Bone is the most usual look-alike for ivory. Ivory is glossy-looking and lends itself to curved lines and softly finished round forms. 

Ivory darkens in color with age it is a natural part of the aging process of ivory. The color of antique ivory is often used as an indicator of age and the patina protects the ivory as well. The darkening of ivory which adds to the unique beauty of ivory.

  Elephant Ivory Marking

Elephant Ivory Marking the front side shows the outer layer of Ivory.

Elephant Ivory X Pattern

Elephant Ivory X Pattern Marking it fades right to left on the way to the center.

Elephant Ivory Information

Elephant Ivory Information the side has lines and it too fades right to left on the way to the center. Examples

   
Bone Bone has been used in jewelry since ancient times. Bone is white or yellowish white, and is hard and dull in appearance.  If it is grained, the grain is straight, with blackish or grayish lines or dots. Bone material carves dryly with points and angular lines predominating. Bone was very popular during the Art Deco period. A very fashionable look that surfaced was a black and white color combination that used both ivory and bone. Bone was artistically carved into brooches, dress clips, buckles, earrings and necklaces.

Bone darkens in color with age it is a natural part of the aging process of bone. The color of antique bone is often used as an indicator of age and the patina protects the bone as well. The darkening of bone which adds to the unique beauty of bone.

   
  The advice on about bone and ivory jewelry antique to vintage Information comes from jewelry experts Linda and Perry, as well as from our frequent visitors. If you'd like to add anything to this page, or have us add a topic of interest for you, email us at help@jewelry-4-u.com.
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