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Ivory is an organic material derived from the teeth or tusks of animals, as such is it made up of dentine, primarily (70%) hydroxylapatite. It has been used since prehistoric times for jewellery, carvings and tools.
Primarily obtained from elephants (by slaughtering the animals), the trade in ivory and ivory products derived from living animals has been very much restricted in recent years and is banned in many countries.
Ivory is also obtained from mammoth and mastodons, the remains of which are unearthed in the permafrost in places such as Siberia. Trade in ivory from this source is mostly legal.
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Classification of Ivory
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|Health Warning:||No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.|
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