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Gemstone Crystal System Density Hardness Refractive index Treatments
organic 1.85 2.25-2.75 1.54 dying, bleaching


Carved Ivory

White, with modifying yellow and brown




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Ivory is an organic material. The term usually refers to elephant ivory which is the tusk of the elephant, but it can also refer to the bones or teeth of elephants, narwhals, walruses, hippopotami and cachalot whales. Although there are some beautiful and impressive pieces that have been carved in ivory, their beauty is overshadowed by the senseless and brutal killing necessary to acquire the material. There are many other minerals and vegetable products that will produce the same results. The sale of ivory is illegal in many places, as it should be. Poaching continues today, because there are countless ignorant idiots who still buy it.