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IVORY

Overview:Ivory is a hard, white, opaque substance that is the bulk of the teeth and tusks of animals such as the elephant, hippopotamus, walrus, mammoth, etc. Ivory has a creamy color which yellows with time, excellent texture and is elastic.Ivory is becoming increasingly rare as the animals that produce it are endangered or near extinction. As a sacred bone it should be revered, as it has great spiritual significance. The price of ivory depends on its hardness and durability, its hue and any mottling of colors, and the shine or surface it can take.

Usage:It is good for arthritic conditions and all ailments of the bones and teeth. Encourages giving support to other people and animals and receiving it for oneself. Promotes recognition of the ancientness of

the Earth, engenders respect for all species. It is especially well suited for ailments of the bones, joints, and teeth. Ivory is said to protect the physical body from injury.

Physical Properties:

Ivory

Ivory Birthstone

Color
White, Beige
Hardness
2-4
Specific Gravity
1.7-2.0
Refractive index
1.54

Ivory jewelry should never be immersed in water

Legend:

Trade in the ivory from the tusks of dead mammoths has occurred for 300 years.Since the worldwide ivory trade

ban in 1989 there have been ups and downs in elephant

populations, and ivory trade as bans have been placed

and lifted. In 2002 the United Nations partially lifted the

ban on ivory trade, allowing a few countries to export certain amounts of ivory.

Occurrence:

Ivory is available in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya.