All custom pieces are created by hand by our expert design staff. We are highly qualified, talented, and eager to earn your trust, and your business.
After you select the piece(s) you wish to purchase, just follow the checkout instructions to place your order and complete the payment process. Once completed you will receive a confirmation email, followed shortly by an email with instructions on how/where to ship your ivory(s) if applicable.
YES! We prefer to use your ivory. After all, you worked hard for them! There is an option on all products to "send us your ivory" or to use "ivory supplied by RMI" Just select "send us your ivory" and checkout as normal. You'll receive an email with instructions on how/where to send your ivory(s).
YES! If you'd like something even more unique than what we offer on the website, you can email us through the "Contact Us" page with your request. Just give us some details about what you're after and we'll reply quickly to supply you with a custom quote for the piece. If further details/pictures are required, we'll request them at that time.
YES! We're happy to utilize the gold/silver you may have laying around. Just email us through the "Contact Us" page with your intentions. We'll have you send the gold/silver to us. After verification of content and weight, we'll supply you with the quote. If you like the deal, we'll move forward. If not, we'll return your item(s) at no cost to you.
Absolutely! If you prefer to speak with one of our salespeople, just call us at 801.810.1340. We'll answer the phone as Aaron's Jewelry, but don't let that alarm you, Rocky Mountain Ivory is a division of Aaron's Jewelry. We've been in business for more than 50 years and would love to assist you with anything you need, even if it's not elk ivory!
Due to the custom nature of each piece, all sales are final. We have a fantastic reputation and guarantee our work. Believe it or not, we haven't had one single dissatisfied customer yet! Please keep in mind every ivory is unique in shape and color, but every effort is made to ensure your item will look as close to the item in the listing as the ivory will allow. If you have any remaining concerns, please reach out to us by email or phone and we'll make sure to address all your concerns and answer all your questions!
Elk Ivory is known by many names, some of which include: Ivories, Buglers, Bugle Teeth, Whistlers, and Eye Teeth. Whatever the name, Elk Ivory has been sought after and prized for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years.
Each mature elk, both bull and cow, has two canine teeth that are composed of ivory. These are the teeth that are considered valuable and often made into Rings, Pendants, Bracelets, and countless other pieces of jewelry and Fobs. The canine teeth are the teeth that most people associate with "fangs" in other animals. While positioned as canines in the elks mouth, this Elk Ivory is really nothing like your average "fang" or tusk. The Elk Ivory used in jewelry is typically worn smooth and round. Ivory from younger elk tend to be more pointed and white in color. As the elk ages, the Ivories become much more smooth and turn a dark caramel color. These darker caramel colored Ivories are regarded as the more desirable, and therefore, more valuable teeth. Size also plays an important role in value and desirability.
Once the Ivory has been removed from the elk, there are two schools of thought on cleaning the Ivory. Some prefer to do nothing. Just let the "meat" dry completely and then peel or scrape it away from the Ivory. Others prefer to thoroughly clean the Ivory by boiling the Ivory in water until the "meat" becomes soft and can easily be pulled away from the Ivory. Either way is acceptable however, if you choose to use the boiling method, be certain you don't burn the teeth. 10 min or so should do the trick.
We have seen many Ivory Teeth over the years, and as detailed on this page, the darker the Ivory the more valuable. As a result there are countless ways in which people have tried to "darken" the Ivory such as: storage in a can of tobacco or coffee, application of a wood stain, or even heating with a torch to darken by scorching the surface. None of these methods produce an acceptable result and should be avoided.
The best way to care for the cleaned Ivory is to keep them away from extreme temperature and if they aren't to be fashioned into jewelry in the near future coat them very lightly with some mineral oil. This will prevent the Ivory from becoming brittle with age and ensure they retain both their value and beauty.
We are humbled, and grateful to the folks at Petersen's HUNTING for selecting our Elk Ivory Jewelry to be featured in the September 2015 issue.