Vintage Pre Ban Ivory Large 18mm focal bead
One vintage large 18mm genuine PRE BAN ivory focal bead of exceptional quality that we purchased in Hong Kong in 1984.
There are 25mm to the inch so this bead is approximately 3/4" !
You can see the lovely polish and beautiful "cross hatching" on this bead in the various pictures.
Price is for this 1 genuine 18mm ivory bead and we 100% guarantee this to be PRE-BAN ivory that we purchased ourselves in Hong Kong in 1984. We have the documentation to prove this.
***Please check the other listings in my shop under ivory for genuine Pre Ban ivory beads in other sizes including unusual carved ones - some with 14K gold inlay!
We have round smooth ivory beads in 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 mm sizes.
I sold 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 and all ivory beads I sell in my shop, were purchased before this ban. We have the documentation to prove this.
We regret that we are unable to ship outside the U.S.
All Other Countries
First Item: $ 16.50
Additional Items: $ 0.00
We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.
**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50-$10.00 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise, depending on distance from our location.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
We want you to be 100% thrilled with your purchases!
We value each and every customer and are delighted that you have chosen to shop in our store! Customer relations are extremely important to us and we pride ourselves on the authenticity of what we sell, how we package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.
Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Love my beads! The coloring in the epidote was not as intense as illustrated, but it is certainly a good example of the mineral. The colors in the unakite beads are wonderful. The quality of the carving I would rate as good to excellent.
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.