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How to Sift Real Ivory From Fake?


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When it comes to the Chinese culture, the ivory carvings that have been one of the highest forms of art for several thousand years now, is just as cherished now as it was many centuries ago. The artworks of ivory carvings is one of the utmost respected forms of the Chinese cultural expression, and the delicately intricate ivory carvings are the Chinese way of explaining themselves collectively, all with the carved pictures through the medium of story telling without the words.

As for what considered being under the ivory category, there not only are the traditional mammoth ivory and the ivory of elephants, but the ivory of narwhals and walruses are also highly valuable for the Chinese ivory carver. Although, there are a good number of other types of animal ivory that can be carved from it is still the mammoth ivory, (in the past, before the ban on elephant ivory) elephant ivories, along with the ivories of the narwhals and walruses that have always been the most utilized types of ivory.

When looking at real ivory, there is no doubt as to why the all-natural material of ivory has long been used for artistic carvings. There is a unique shiny sheen of loveliness, a smoothness that is tantalizing, and an ever-changing color that comes along over the many years of aging. Not only do collectors cherish the ivory artworks in their collections because of the extravagantly detailed workings of the carving, but of the overall beauty of the material it's self too.

Due to all of the mystics and beauty of the ivory carvings from yesterday and today, in the current world of ivory collections, there must be a number of precautions that must be taken so to be protected from not being ripped off as an antique or even contemporary ivory collector. Nowadays, more than ever there are a few individuals trying and even sometimes succeeding in misrepresenting the so-called ivory artwork that they are auctioning off for sell.

There has been everything from the average animal bones of most any animal to a wide range of various other fake ivory materials that people are known to scam today's ivory collectors. These individuals will work the fake ivory materials in many different ways to give off the impression of what is supposed to be the real ivory material carving. So always know the history of whom you are dealing with when adding to your personal Mammoth ivory collections.

Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Mammoth Ivory to Netsuke and Silver Art.


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