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  IVORY JEWELRY

Many years ago, I had a gallery in North Carolina.  One day, a gentleman walked in and commissioned me for some design work.  In the course of that time, we became good friends.  Before the import ban in 1986, he used to be a big ivory dealer in the States and still had a substantial collection that he didn't know what to do with.  He was short on cash and needed help.  I wasn't sure what I was getting into with all the "political correctness" in the world but I wanted to help my friend so I purchased his entire inventory.  

Intimidated, I initially only put a few pieces out in my gallery and they all immediately sold with not one complaint.  I was actually amazed by everyone telling me that they love ivory and really want to have a piece because it's so rare and beautiful.  For the next several years after that time, out of many dozens of pieces sold, I only had two misguided people even mention their dislike for ivory.  Unfortunately, I'm sure they took unfair advantages with animal life by eating and wearing animal by-products.  Furthermore, they shamelessly contributed to the destruction of the ozone layer by driving an automobile and carelessly used products like toilet paper and writing paper made from valuable trees.  Actually, if they approached the subject from an educated perspective, they would discover that in most of the southern African countries for example, the elephant populations are so over-crowed that the herds are devouring the rainforests at a record pace thereby posing a direct threat to the lands' deforestation.  

This has been happening to such a serious degree that the governments have been culling the herds each year to manage the over-population.  Enough said.

I have a VERY limited number of pieces left.  Since 1986, it has been illegal to IMPORT any ivory into the United States.  Only pieces that have been in the country since that time can be bought and resold.  As if that's not enough to motivate you, the collection I purchased is of the absolute finest quality of African tusk ivory I have ever seen!  This gentleman had a partner that would bring the best tusks from Africa to the Orient and have only the most skilled carvers turn them into the works of art that they are.  Only the best would do.  If you ever want to see what all the desire for ivory has been about since ancient times, you have to see the quality of this material.  Held under a light or out in the sun, the unique cross-hatched iridescent grain that is only found in fine ivory is fascinating and unlike anything you'll ever see.  Once I sell out of the few pieces I have left there will be no more.  If you are a collector of the unusual, a speculator of a potential great investment or just plain wanting something that is cool and rare, this is it!!!!  

One more thing.  Since everything was carved in the Orient and Oriental women are petite, the bangles are for small hands only.  Although, I have sold as many bangles to men for investment and collections, as women, just remember they run a little smaller than typical Western sizes.

*** ALL BANGLES ARE APPROXIMATELY 2.4" TO 2.5" ON THE INSIDE DIAMETER ***


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GEOMETRIC BANGLE   

Fashionable square shape with rounded corners.  The flat sides of these African tusk examples really show off the fascinating iridescent grain that is so highly prized by collectors.  Each piece varies from 8 to 10 mm wide.  

IV6  $375     ONLY THREE LEFT!

 

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TWIST HALF ROUND BANGLE  

Superb, large 14 mm wide half round bangle with a high dome twisted rope design on the exterior.  This is one of the most stately bangles we can offer from this limited collection.  A real show-stopper!  

IV7  SOLD OUT