how do you tell if something is real ivory?
Ivory comes from animal teeth and tusk and has been used traditionally by many different cultures. It can be very difficult to tell real ivory from synthetic or fake ivory. The problem is that real ivory varies so much in color and grain. There are ways of telling fake ivory from real ivory just by performing a few tests. Of course to be 100% sure a chemical test has to be done. Ivory was used for centuries in Chinese dragon artwork and Eskimo Carving.
Most fake ivory is made up of either plastic or a resin of old ivory that is ground down and mixed with another synthetic. Bone carvings are also easily confused with ivory carvings. Bone carvings are generally have far less value than those of ivory. Plastic and resins are usually smoother than real ivory. Looking at bone under magnification you will see a lot of pitting something that real ivory will not have.
The hot pin test can help you determine the difference between plastic, synthetic, bone and ivory. Its best to perform this test on the bottom of the object that is not visible as it may cause damage to plastic objects. Heat a needle until it is extremely hot than touch the needle against the object you are testing. A hot needle can not penetrate real ivory like it will a plastic or resin. When you touch bone with a hot needle smell the area that you touched. It should have a very unique smell like burning hair. When you touch ivory with a hot needle you will smell something more like a burning teeth dentist office type smell. Passing this test is a pretty good indication that you have real ivory.
If your collecting ivory a magnifying glass of 15x is a must and a UV light is recommended.
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some people heat up a needle or pin and get it red hot and then try apierce the ivory with it. if it goes into the piece it is a fake .
yes, I've heard this too. I would probably be a good idea too (just and FYI) not to touch the heated pin with your tongue to test if it's red hot.
If you have a black light or UV light, the object will show up very white when exposed to it.
I got artifact that is ivory and possibly ancient.
If interested please let me know picture is at <email> it also has native markings on all corners.
those who knowingly collect ivory are scum
hi can u tell if ivory? <phone>
Hi there Christine
Here is a link to how you can tell if its real or fake ivory
Tell me I am curious how did you come to own one? From what year is this from and from what country? Are these rings? From the picture it would be hard to tell the dimensions. How small or how big is it?
Are these rings as jewelries? Napkin rings?
Looks very real to me, but you might want to test first
Your right Zoe
People who worry too much bout other peoples business are pretty sad too
I bought this son years ago and i dropped one and broke the tree and inside I found this teddy bear pure white wondering if it might be ivory in a smuggling source
Yes, I agree with you that seeing the monkey inside the tree can cause a lot of questions.
Here is a link to help you test whether its a real ivory or another altogether different material. There are other materials use like porcelain and marble like this one found on this link.