Jewelry Kingdom, Inc.
At Jewelry Kingdom we understand that trust is the most important part of establishing a business especially here on the internet; where you can't actually see the item in person. We spend a great deal of our time taking high quality pictures and describing our items with all of our tools as professional jewelers at our disposal. We want to give the customer a piece of mind when they decide to make a purchase on our website. Once an order has been made we ship out the next business day or even the same day depending on when the order was placed. There is an advantage in Hawaii because we are hours behind the continental United States which gives us the opportunity to send out orders to our customers the same evening it was paid for. We offer a flat shipping rate of as many items as you want for only $6.00 which will include insurance and a copy of our trade documents for all of our ivory collectibles. We treat every customer the way we would like to be treated, with professionalism in every sense. This is our company standard with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
How to maintain and clean your Elephant Ivory jewelry?
It is quite simple actually, mild dishwater soap and water or just plain water will suffice. Wash, rinse and towel off, but do not soak! Ivory is porous and will absorb water possibly damaging it. Unfortunately due to it's porous nature deep stains are impossible to remove. Ivory darkens in color with age, and antique ivory has a beautiful patina finish.. If your antique ivory has darkened or yellowed due to age, do not attempt to lighten it. The color of antique ivory is often used as an indicator of age, and the patina protects the ivory as well. The darkening is a natural part of the aging process of ivory, which adds to the unique beauty of an antique piece of ivory.
We sell Pre-Ban Elephant Ivory. All of which was legally imported before the 1989's trade ban.
Isn't it illegal to sell ivory? There are two separate lists that govern the trade of elephant ivory. The CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species) List and the Federal Endangered Species List. CITES is an international agreement that controls the exportation of species identified by their home country as in need of special protection. The Federal Endangered Species List on the other hand is specific to the United States and controls the possession and interstate transportation of threatened and endangered species within the United States. Elephants are on the CITES List and not of the Federal Endangered Species List. Hence, elephant ivory (and any other elephant product) is illegal to export, but not illegal to possess or trade ivory products that are already legally in the United States. Our elephant ivory is pre-act or pre-ban, that is, it was imported into the country before CITES was implemented and therefore legal for trade within the United States. View a few pages our Pre-Ban Documents cleared by the Fish and Wildlife Department.
At Jewelry Kingdom we understand that trust is the most important part of establishing a business especially here on the internet, where you can't actually see the item in person. We spend 8 hours a day taking pictures and describing our items with all of our tools as professional jewelers at our disposal. We want to give the customer a piece of mind when they bid on our items, that what you see is what you will get. We try to send the items out the same day it was paid for, depending on the time of day. We box each item with the utmost care, bubble wrapping each item and securing it in a small box, regardless of the cost of the item. We treat every customer the way we would like to be treated, with professionalism in every sense. This is our company standard with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
How to differeniate Elephant Ivory from Plastic or Bone?
The best way to tell whether your item is not plastic and is in fact ivory is with the Pin Test. This is done by heating a pin until it's red hot and placing it on the item where you don't mind putting a small burn mark. The smell that the ivory gives off is similar to the smell when your dentist has a drill on your tooth. If this is done with plastic or any other man-made material you will not experience the hot Pin Test.
Now that you've eliminated the possibility that your item is plastic you have to determine whether it's Elephant Ivory or some other bone?
The best way to tell if the your item is elephant ivory is the characteristic of the cross graining or criss-cross growth patterns distinctively found only in elephant ivory. No other mammalian ivory has this characteristic. These growth marks or cross-hatchings are called Schreger Lines. Schreger lines can be divided into two categories. The highly visible found on the outer portion of the elephant tusk and the fainter lines that are found near the root or the inner portion of the tusk. This explains why sometimes the growth patterns are not very visible. Seeing the grain is also dependent on whether the ivory was cut out against the growth grains. The growth patterns run the length of the ivory tusk. The best way to explain it is imagining a piece of wood. When you cut wood in a perpendicular fashion relative to the tree trunk, you will see the growth rings of the tree. However when you cut in the same plain as the length of the tree trunk then the grain is no longer as visible. This is the same concept of the visibility of elephant ivory cross-grains, sometimes you see it and sometimes you don't. Usually you have to look at the width or thickness of the piece to see any cross-graining. However sometimes the piece was extracted out against the grain and the growth patterns are highly visible throughout the piece.