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Vintage and exquisitely carved genuine rare ivory "knot" bead that we purchased in Hong Kong in 1984. The carving is of exceptional quality and these beads would make stunning focal beads. You can see how high relief the carving is in fact from all the photographs.

◉ PLEASE NOTE: We currently are only shipping ivory items within the United States. See below for more information ◉

Price is for these 1 genuine 16mm ivory knot bead and we 100% guarantee this to be pre ban ivory. We have the documentation to prove this as well ( please read below for additional info.)

I sold carved ivory beads such as these through the Smithsonian Institution's museum shop and catalog during the 1980's and they were also featured in trunk shows at Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue during this same time period. You can read more about my career as a jewelry designer in my profile page!
"In 1989, the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
( CITES ) banned the international trade in African elephant ivory. Such trade in Asian elephant ivory has been banned by CITES since 1975."
This quotation is from a report released by the Humane Society of the United States in October of 2002.

Many people sell ivory today and many state that it is
" pre ban" ivory.
I feel as a seller on Etsy , that it is my responsibility to let you know exactly what " pre ban ivory" means and also to assure you that any ivory beads I sell in my shop, were purchased before this ban.

CITES banned the sale of ASIAN elephant ivory as early as 1975. Despite the fact that it was legal to trade in AFRICAN ivory until 1989 ( and our items were purchased in 1984 ) Customs officials seem to be currently prohibiting entry of ALL ivory products regardless of origin unless accompanied by an export license which validates acquisition prior to 1973. We regret that we cannot ship outside the U.S. for this reason ◉
Debby & Joel Arem

Vintage GENUINE Pre Ban IVORY KNOT Focal Bead 16mm pkg1 cb90a


  • Vintage Supply from the 1980s
  • Materials: vintage ivory bead, carved ivory, ivory carved knot bead, pre ban ivory, chinese ivory bead, genuine ivory bead, vintage ivory knot bead
  • Ships worldwide from Maryland, United States
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