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Fossil ivory

A variety of ivory from the tusk of the mammoth or the walrus that has been buried long enough to have acquired a yellow, sepia, variegated or blackish colour, but is not actually fossilized. It is found mainly in the frozen ground of Siberia, and is brittle and often cracked, with a tendency to turn yellow.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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