4 years ago #1
Bee Y.
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how do you tell if something is real ivory?

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4 years ago #2
Haleiwahi
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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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4 years ago #3
dkalashian
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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 .

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4 years ago #4
Haleiwahi
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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.

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2 years ago #5
HoochieMomma
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If you have a black light or UV light, the object will show up very white when exposed to it.

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1 year ago #6
ancient artifact
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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.

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1 year ago #7
bite me
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those who knowingly collect ivory are scum

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1 year ago #8
Person who cares about ...
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I agree

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9 months ago #9
ivory
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hi can u tell if ivory? <phone>
christine

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9 months ago #10
Marra M
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Hi there Christine

Here is a link to how you can tell if its real or fake ivory

http://www.artifactcollectors.com/how-to-tell-if-its-real-or-fake-ivory-507.html


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?

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9 months ago #11
Zoe
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Looks very real to me, but you might want to test first

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9 months ago #12
Marra M
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Your right Zoe

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7 months ago #13
mindinmyown
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People who worry too much bout other peoples business are pretty sad too

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6 months ago #14
monkey statue,with white ...
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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

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6 months ago #15
Marra M
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Hi there

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.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/162741408/italian-porcelain-monkeys-just-like

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5 months ago #16
Ivory collector
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To "Bite me"....great name for you! Re: people who collect ivory. Those of us who know it is very old are collecting items which were carved before it wasn't "politically correct"!

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4 months ago #17
Answer to the person ...
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No they r not,,,,,ivory can come from elephant tusks( which I do not condone), the eyeteeth of an elk,walrus tusks and whales (which I do not condone) it is legal for the natives of Canada and Alaska to hav, carve and sell in limited quantities, that is their native right! It's only the white man that came in and instead of using every piece of the animal and not waste it they slaughtered every animal that had ivory,including whales and elephants just for the ivory and the money it could make them. Before,the ivory was used for trading as gifts or for supplies from other tribes. That's including the tribes of Africa and the northern state of Alaska and Canada. So before u start pointing fingers,know ur facts and history! It's the same thing with certain furs in the north the seals were never hunted to extinction until the white settlers came. The natives of the north and the lower 48 never killed an animal unless they thankd the creator for them, apologized and thankd the animal for sacrificing their life and used the 'whole' animal including the bone,sinew and hide to live on. So like I said,,,,,,,

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4 months ago #18
Accidentally ivory
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Not a thread for haters but, a thread for inquiries.
Did all the tests and came up as ivory. Thought I was buying an old bone claw pendant.
I will cherish it and pass it down to my children.

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4 months ago #19
Marra M
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Hi there Accidentally Ivory

Does any from these links look like that of yours? How much did you pay for it? I remember I have one when I was younger. I love that pendant so much and would wear it most of the time back then, although it goes well with black lace strap.

https://www.etsy.com/market/bone_claws

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2 months ago #20
SunnySha
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Can you tell me anything about this Japanese woman came across her at an estate sale is she real ivory...
Even the dragon on her comona is so detailed. Who buys these types of things .? I have no use for her...

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2 months ago #21
SunnySha
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Thank you for putting at the top of your post that this wasn't a thread for haters, seems no one can talk about anything without someone getting offended. This Country is full of whimps,, take your crying azz to a site that wants to hear it . . Better yet why not set up a site just for those just like you!
Thanks again!

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2 months ago #22
SunnySha
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You seriously have some issues....no one asked for all that! I certainly hope you don't own any of what your complaining about no fur either...
An if I collect anything from ivory to fur doent make me or anyone scum ... No reason for name calling....

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2 months ago #23
SunnySha
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Amem

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2 months ago #24
Marra M
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Hi there SunnySha

Your statue looks very similar to this imitation ivory made of resin

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oriental-Chinese-Lady-Figurine-Resin-Statue-Ivory-Imitation-19-Tall-/262050418933


Here is a link that can help you know if its real or not
http://www.artifactcollectors.com/how-to-tell-if-its-real-or-fake-ivory-507.html

As for potential buyers you can sell it here by following this link

http://www.artifactcollectors.com/artifacts-marketplace/


Other alternatives are Etsy, Rubylane, Tia's and eBay.

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1 week ago #25
T
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I agree

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1 week ago #26
Marra M
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