Ivory and bone are natural substances that are made up of minerals. Both materials can be dense but bone may be less dense and more porous. Ivory and bone both lend themselves to surface carving. Care should be taken not to mar the surface of these materials, especially if they have been carved or etched (as in Scrimshaw jewelry).
If the "dirt" persists, then it could be aging or darkening of the bone or ivory, and that might add to the nature and beauty of the beads.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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