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What To Do With Ivory?

Whisper89

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Hi everyone,

I have an ivory necklace that was gifted to me when I was a young child and did not know what ivory actually was or how it is obtained.

I don't wear it because I don't feel comfortable about it, but it has sentimental value so I don't want to get rid of it (plus I don't want to encourage anyone else to buy ivory).

It's been sitting in a drawer for over 20 years, and I feel like I should do something about that, but I don't know what. I realise this is all a bit vague! But I thought I'd throw this out there to all you good people and gather your perspectives.

Any suggestions?
 

Bron357

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There are people who say all ivory pieces should be destroyed.
I have a few small antique Japanese ivory netsuke. I wouldn’t feel comfortable destroying them. To me that shows disrespect to the animal that lost its life and the craftsman, who at the time, was creating what was considered a Special work of Art. I also purchased them over 30 years ago. And to be honest, in my naivety back then I never “connected” these exquisite carvings to the slaughter of elephants purely for their tusks. Maybe I just assumed they were only using the tusks from elephants that died natural deaths? So I have them in my Cabinet.
I would never buy another piece, even certified as antique, and I will never sell them.
They are what they are.
 

stracci2000

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There is nothing you can do but keep it or give it away.
Ivory has no value anymore. It is banned worldwide, and for good reason!
You can own it, but you cant sell it.
But it still turns up at sales, and I pick it up, if only to give homage to the poor elephants.
 

marymm

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Maybe wear it if you like it? If someone asks about it, just reply it is a family heirloom? If you don't want to specify it is ivory, just say you're "not sure what it is, maybe white onyx or even celluloid since it is so old" ...

Or, just keep it in a box of special momentos and go through the box once in a while ...
 

dk168

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I am Chinese, and can remember my parents giving ivory chopsticks as wedding presents when I was young.

My family has always used ivory chopsticks, and each member of the family has his/her own pair, plus spare ones for guests. I still use the pair designated as mine whenever I visit my mum and bro.

I have some ivory chopsticks of my own nowadays, including a pair with my name in Chinese carved onto them, and two pairs of "wedding" chopsticks, one with dragons and the other with phoenix carved on them, symbolising the groom and bride.

I am certain my mum has other antique ivory pieces in storage, at least a Budda or two, and one with multilayers of carved spheres nested inside.

As already mentioned, one cannot sell or trade ivories anymore, including antique pieces which causes a lot of headaches for dealers for pieces with ivory inlays in their inventory.

As for myself, mine would probably be given away when I leave this earth.

DK :))
 

Rhea

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You could restring it and recreate a piece that you'll wear.
You could gift it.
You could leave it sit in your drawer for your heirs to decide once you are no longer able to do so.
You could destroy it.

Those really are your options.
 

1ofakind

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This is certainly an uncomfortable subject as no one wants to endorse or in any way support the killing of these majestic animals for our adornment.
Personally I would keep such things to honor the animal. While I don't have anything ivory I do have some exotic fur that was given to me or that I rescued. I don't wear the furs. Some can be donated to a museum but ivory is common so idk. I might wear the ivory but tell people it is fake if anyone asks....I doubt anyone would ask.
I don't feel conflicted about owning these things....I am in no way responsible for what was done decades ago in the name of fashion and I don't encourage a market for it.. But I can not destroy these pieces either as then it feels like I am erasing the sacrifice of the animal. That probably doesn't make sense. I do sometimes get out the furs to appreciate and admire...they are beautiful.
 

Whisper89

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Thank you all for your insights.
It is a tricky subject.

I like the idea a couple of you have mentioned about honouring the animal and acknowledging its sacrifice. I am still not sure whether I feel comfortable enough to wear it (not that I think anyone would ask about it - it's just a string of small beads) but I am feeling less guilty about owning it after reading your stories.
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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Thank you all for your insights.
It is a tricky subject.

I like the idea a couple of you have mentioned about honouring the animal and acknowledging its sacrifice. I am still not sure whether I feel comfortable enough to wear it (not that I think anyone would ask about it - it's just a string of small beads) but I am feeling less guilty about owning it after reading your stories.
Its indeed a hard question to answer

do you want to show us some pictures ?
 

1ofakind

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My daughter has worn a few vintage furs she has been given by her IL's. I do not consider wearing mine because they are now endangered/protected. I could pass off ivory but that wouldn't work with exotic fur. I have a beautiful piece of leopard fur that I have thought about framing so it can be appreciated but I fear it will be very upsetting to some people.
 
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