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Vintage uniquely carved genuine Pre Ban ivory bead that measures approximately 14.5mm x 11mm .
**Please convo me if you want two beads and I'm happy to set up a reserve listing for you. I've included photos of 2 beads to show how beautifully matched they are with the superb workmanship if you need them for earrings***

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

I've never seen beads like this anywhere since our trip so many years ago. You can see the beautiful luster on these beads in the photographs.

We purchased these amazing beads in Hong Kong in 1984 and the hand carving is of exceptional quality.

Price is for (1) genuine approximately 14.5mm x 11mm ivory square cut barrel bead and we 100% guarantee it to be a pre ban genuine ivory bead.

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 ArtFire , 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. We have the documentation to prove this.

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***
Approximate Price/Value: $23.5