About Our Fossil Ivories
About Our Fossil Ivories
We Are Committed to Using Only Ancient and Fossilized Environmentally
Ancient Ivories Studios Uses No Elephant Ivory,
Nor Contemporary Ivories of Any Kind
Our high quality fossilized ivories have been reclaimed from the
ground after thousands of years of sharing the earth. Fossil ivory remains warm and sensuous organic ivory. It is not
petrified. Our Fossil Ivory has developed its colors by taking up minerals from the earth.
Ancient Ivories Studios has chosen Fossil Ivories as its
exclusive medium because only ivory, amongst all of nature's materials is changed by the personal chemistry of the
wearer, and retains the wearer's imprint. It has been recognized as the most personally significant material since the
dawn of time. None of our Ivory is contemporary, and not a single
animal has been killed, culled, or otherwise harmed to produce our Fossil Ivories. It is the perfect, ecologically
sound, humane way to wear warm, wonderful and enduring ivory. Each handmade piece of our Fossilized Ivory
wearables is personal and unique - unlike any other piece in the world. As it continues to be worn, each piece of
jewelry and accessory will take on new and individual hues as a result of its interaction with the oils of your own
body. In a most personal way, then, you will view each piece as very special. More than simply a piece of jewelry, our
wearables will connect the individual wearer it to the spirituality felt by ancient man and woman. We are convinced
that Ancient Ivories Studios handmade wearables and accessories will bring you great
pleasure and become your very favorite pieces, as they have for thousands of our customers for the past 35 years.
Ivory quickly became the primary focus of early people's spirituality wherever it was available. Wherever ancient man
lived, he was entranced by the inexpressibly spiritual mystery of amulets and talismans made from all types of ivory.
And why not? It is the only wearable organic material that changes its color, and becomes more and more personal each
time it is worn.
Ancient images found on early amulets and in the dwelling places of ancient peoples show that, from the very beginning
of man's recorded history up to the present day, we have prized the warm and sensuous feel of ivory.
Our Fossil Walrus Ivory
Our Fossil Walrus Ivory is 1000 to 12,000 years old.
Subsistence hunting of the large walrus population in the ancient arctic supplied Native American peoples with not
only food and clothing, but large stores of Walrus Ivory. All ancient Arctic cultures: Innuit, Inupiat, Siberian,
Tinglit, and others, believed in the spiritual, magical and enduring qualities of ivories, especially Fossilized
Walrus Ivory. Wherever Arctic Bering Sea Native American peoples lived, they were entranced by the inexpressibly
spiritual mystery of amulets and talismans made from Walrus Ivory. Special Walrus Ivory amulets, talismans and
shamanistic images were considered necessary to insure success in every field of endeavor: hunting (harpoon points and
counterweights), gathering (basket accessories), medicines and health (shamanistic images). Even everyday implements
were carved from ivory to insure success in daily family life: spoons, jewelry, knife handles, even parka toggles were
fashioned from Fossil Walrus and Fossil Mammoth Ivory.
Our Fossil Mammoth Ivory
A large mammoth population roamed over broad stretches of the earth at
the same time as early man, as late as 10,000 years ago. Ancient drawings found on the walls of early man's dwelling
caves in Europe and America show us that early man was drawn to the use of mammoth ivory for many shamanistic,
personal, and household items. The mammoth's 12 foot long tusks were used to support the roofs of ancient houses. Many
tusks were cut up and intricately carved to make wearable beads and talismans worn by everyone in the villages.
Shamanistic carvings and etchings were indispensible to medicine men and women. A substantial number of these Fossil
Ivory wearables have been unearthed from early gravesites, where they were buried to insure an easy transition from
the earthly world to the spiritual.
Our Sperm Whale Ivory is part of the very small amount of stock
registered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This stock entered the United States in 1891, before it was realized
that these great whales were in danger of extinction. No more Sperm Whale Ivory can enter the United States, nor can
any be exported. The supply is extremely limited, and is not renewable. Each piece of Sperm Whale Ivory is numbered
and registered with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sperm Whale Ivory can be shipped only to addresses in
Maryland, or picked up in person from our Maryland studio. Sperm Whale Ivory comes from the teeth of Sperm Whales,
and has travelled througout the world's oceans, sometimes as deep as a mile below the surface. It is the most durable
of all of the world's ivories. Its warm golden tones make it immediately recognizable as the very ivory brought back
by the American whalers during the first three-quarters of the 19th century. The whaling industry was the most
important industry in early America; at the height of the hand whaling era (1820 to about 1855) 20,000 men and 750
sailing ships were engaged in the whaling trade. Before the discovery of petroleum most household lighting was done by
the light of whale oil lamps. Baleen (the hairy plates that hang down in the mouths of plankton-feeding whales) was
used wherever a strong springy material was needed (in corset stays, umbrellas and buggy whips)before spring steel was
invented. Please note: International customers are responsible for all taxes, duties and fees required by their
customs services, which are levied once the package reaches your country. Additional charges for customs clearance
must be borne by you; Ancient Ivories Studios has no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be.
Customs policies vary widely from country to country; the Buyer should contact his/her local customs office for
We have been in business since 1968, and we are very proud of our work. All work is unconditionally guaranteed or your money will be cheerfully refunded for any reason within 10 days! Up to one year after purchase, exchanges or repairs will be made for defective workmanship or materials.