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Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks (traditionally elephants’) and teeth of animals, that consists mainly of dentine, one of the physical structures of teeth and tusks. The chemical structure of the teeth and tusks of mammals is the same, regardless of the species of origin. The trade in certain teeth and tusks other than elephant is well established and widespread; therefore, “ivory” can correctly be used to describe any mammalian teeth or tusks of commercial interest which are large enough to be carved or scrimshawed.[1]

Ivory has been valued since ancient times in art or manufacturing for making a range of items from ivory carvings to false teeth, piano keys, fans, dominoes[2] and joint tubes.[3] Elephant ivory is the most important source, but ivory from mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, killer whale, narwhal and warthog are used as well.[4][5] Elk also have two ivory teeth, which are believed to be the remnants of tusks from their ancestors.[6]

The national and international trade in ivory of threatened species such as African and Asian elephants is illegal.[7] The word ivory ultimately derives from the ancient Egyptian âb, âbu (“elephant”), through the Latin ebor- or ebur.[8]

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For 20,000 years the remains of millions of woolly mammoths remained locked in permafrost in Siberia and elsewhere—until recently. Warming temperatures have melted this icy layer, bringing their valuable ivory teeth within grasp and leading to a burgeoning trade.

For several years conservationists have said this trade is hurting mammoths’ modern-day relatives: African elephants, which face a poaching crisis. The international trade in elephant ivory has been banned since 1990, but smugglers try to get away with selling elephant ivory by claiming it’s legal mammoth ivory, which looks nearly identical to the untrained eye.

Now in hopes of solving the problem, Israel wants to make it tougher to trade in mammoth ivory. It’s proposed a measure that will be voted on at the meeting next month in South Africa of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the treaty that regulates wildlife trade across borders.

“The gist of the Israel document is to make sure intentional mislabeling doesn’t happen so that the mammoth ivory trade doesn’t contribute to laundering illicit ivory,” says Iris Ho, wildlife program manager at Humane Society International.

Nearly 90 percent of mammoth ivory exported out of Siberia—estimated at about 60 tons a year—ends up in China, which is also the main destination for illegal elephant ivory. Poachers kill some 30,000 elephants a year for their tusks, many of which get carved into pricey art and trinkets, just like mammoth ivory. (Also see “U.S.-China Deal to Ban Ivory Trade Is Good News for Elephants”)

Most ivory from woolly mammoths ends up in China, where it’s carved into trinkets and art.

Photograph by Robert Alexander, Getty Images

At first the hope was that mammoth ivory would act as a substitute for illegal elephant ivory, helping to ease the pressure on the African animals. It’s unclear whether this happened; Asian demand for elephant ivory never slowed.

To get around the elephant ivory ban, traders sometimes mix the two ivories together, Ho says. Or they’ll simply fudge the paperwork, as one Thai vendor did about a decade ago when he exported a Chinese-carved elephant tusk to the United States, according to a paper by TRAFFIC, the body that monitors the wildlife trade. He labeled the shipment as mammoth ivory.

Sellers in Beijing also sometimes try to pass off mammoth ivory as elephant ivory in the store, says Lucy Vigne, an ivory trade researcher and co-author of a 2014 report commissioned by the nonprofit group Save the Elephants. “They can pretend it’s mammoth ivory if they’re pushed,” she explains.

Although well-preserved mammoth ivory looks a lot like ivory from African elephants, it’s possible to tell the two apart by certain distinguishing features, such as patterns known as Schreger lines, but it gets trickier with smaller trinkets. “A foolproof, instant, inexpensive testing system to tell the two ivories apart that will not damage the item has yet to be devised,” according to the Save the Elephants report.

Israel’s resolution urges countries to better scrutinize the mammoth ivory trade, punish traders who try to pass off the illegal stuff as mammoth ivory, and consider banning residents from selling mammoth ivory within the nation’s borders. India already won’t let mammoth ivory into the country, and four U.S. states—New Jersey, New York, California, and Hawaii—banned sales of it, along with elephant ivory.

There’s another problem with the mammoth ivory trade that no one anticipated: It’s frustrated scientists hoping to glean valuable insights from the big teeth.

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Carlvino
1.0 out of 5 stars Can not handle the taste and smell

Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2013

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I was warned from feedback of others not to place an order on this site,but i never listened,cuz i belief i might have greater chances of receiving my goods as compared to others.And eventually i was disappointed too,not only was the arrival delayed,but the product came all damaged.So i wnt order again
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Jerry M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tastes like car lubricant Yuk!

Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2013

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I got this because of a friend who recommended me dis site.
Also the price is very very high for this product but my  mentions something, that “this site is very reliable,and its deliveries are always done in time,as well as their goods always authentic.”
It is wolly mammoth ivroy I ordered and that’s what I got.I am so happy for my package,thanks i received it 3 days ago as expected,and my product arrive in perfectly good shape.
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Dickson Lander
3.0 out of 5 stars

Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2013

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bought in this brand because of friends  recommendation. it’s ok: definitely authentic and original ivries.But arrived all broken,had to figure out a way to use it so my money does not go to waste,since i only wanted to decorate my house with it as a historical archives.I have really never had luck on online shoppings anyways.Guys Hope my next command will come undamaged!! Thanks for the delivery.
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Ngumbudman
3.0 out of 5 stars ok

Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019

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Not my thing and took us a while to use,cuz it came damaged,though the delivery time was respected.But i will not buy again
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Thierry
1.0 out of 5 stars Definite Mess!

Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2016

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We were really disappointed with this product. We ordered this brand instead of our usual since it was available in tplexport.com, but this one failed us since it came all broken,and there was delayance in delivery too for over 2weeks.I will not buy again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars

Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2012

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This is the first time trying this brand. I recommend it to everyone.Arrival time for delivery was respected,authentic,bt product did not come in good shape though.As well as quantity too small for that price.
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J. Oswald
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped make an authentic necklace..

Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2014

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I enjoy the packaging,very attractive and elegant. Arrived in time and exactly as described.I had the opportunity to get this site from a good friend of mine.My fabrics came out excellently well and i successfully sold to my customers the necklace i made from it and made enough profits from that.You are awesomely the best tplexport.com. Good product, good supplier.I recommend you a 100{98880d97af0555a3a517c8aae666eeb64e7bd6d49cbbe05617dcb138f6e48200}.
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Gertrude A.
1.0 out of 5 stars wolly mammoth ivroy

Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2013

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I was so sceptical to order here,and it turns my intuition was right,the product came already broken,as well as delayed so much and is of no use to me,since its all damaged.wnt buy again from this brand.
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2.0 out of 5 stars …  authentic natural …

Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2016

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This site is not that reliable as i expected,the delivery was delayed for two weeks,the goods arrived damaged too.wnt recommend
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Dion H
5.0 out of 5 stars distinctive colours and scent

Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2012

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Am very happy with this product quality/price. And the product is perfectly authentic.Thanks God some reviewers made mention of this site,that’s how i get to know where to order for mine.The services here are very reliable and always answerable to their customers questions and worries. Thanks for the quick delivery.
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