When you hear the word ivory you likely think of elephants, warthogs, or other animals living on another side of the world or found in your local zoo. In North America, elk also contains two teeth that are made of ivory. These ivories have been prized for thousands of years across many cultures and are often made into jewelry to commemorate the skill, savvy, and hard work of a successful hunt.
Elk Ivory Background
Elk Ivory, also known as “Eye Teeth” “Whistlers” “Buglers” or simply “Ivories” are located in the upper jaw near the front where the canines should be. They are present in bulls and cows and are thought to be remnants of tusks from elk's ancient ancestors.
Besides walrus, elk are the only North American animal with actual ivory. Similar to other elk teeth, the ivory teeth are prone to getting stained or worn down as the elk gets older.
Elk Ivory Development and Lifespan
Elk are born with their ivories and they grow and change over the course of their life. In the first 3 years, the ivories are not fully developed, are a smaller size, and are hollow on the inside. Because they’re hollow they can be more difficult to remove without damaging them. These ivories are still valuable, attractive, and can be used for jewelry. We fill the hollow ivories with epoxy to increase their durability.
Ivories reach the height of their development between 3 and 7 years. During this time they become their largest size and solid all the way through. This age range is the ideal time to exact the largest, most attractive, and most valuable ivories.
After 7 years the ivories start to get worn down due to grinding, are more likely to be stained, and therefore start to lose their size and value.
Commemorate Your Hunt
Most hunters that are interested in elk ivory jewelry are looking to commemorate a hunt. Maybe it’s their first elk, their first big bull, their first hunt with a father, son, daughter, wife, or countless other reasons. The jewelry becomes a great conversation piece that gives you a reason to tell the story of your hunt again and again.
We love the stories our clients share with us about their elk ivories. We recently made two custom elk ivory rings for a client. Each ring had two ivories, one from the father’s bull and one from the son’s bull. The client gave the ring to his father for Christmas as a sentimental gift, and both rings turned out amazing!
What Makes Our Jewelry Different
Park City Jewelers is the best place to have your elk ivory jewelry made for many reasons. The biggest reason is that we preserve the maximum size of the ivory in each piece we create. We accomplish this by making the jewelry to fit the ivory. Most other jewelers are going to shape the ivory to fit the jewelry they already have. This often results in the ivory being significantly reduced to a smaller size. When you look online at elk ivory jewelry from other jewelers you can see that most of the ivories look the same size, and the “eye” of the ivory often isn’t centered properly in the piece.
Our jewelry designs are custom-made using hand-carved wax molds. This is a time-intensive process and results in an extremely high-quality finished piece. Also, all of our jewelry is backed by our free lifetime warranty on workmanship.
Elk Ivory Jewelry
Elk ivory looks great on men and women and makes stunning rings, necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks, earrings, crosses, and many more. We have an awesome collection of elk ivory jewelry. Each piece can be custom made with your own ivories, or we have a wide selection of ivories you can choose from. The best part about using your own ivories? The discount! We offer $100 off for each ivory you provide (up to two per piece). Use the discount codes below according to the number of ivories you’re sending us.
Park City Jewelers is the absolute best choice when it comes to elk ivory jewelry.
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ELK 100: 1 Ivory
ELK 200: 2 Ivories
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