Custom Handmade Eyewear Made From Mammoth Tusks

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Mammoth Tusk Eyewear by Kees Wennekendonk

The optical and eyecare trend of handmade and custom eyewear keeps growing. Kees Wennekendonk in Holland is another eyewear designer who fashions custom eyewear from buffalo horn, wood and even Mammoth Tusks. He claims that all of his materials are 100% legal and of natural materials. With few exceptions his eyewear is signed and numbered.



    • Eyewear and other items made from Mammoth Tusk are to adhere from strict internationals standards and guidelines. Proponents of the mammoth ivory trade claim that it provides a sustainable and ethical alternative to elephant ivory.  They also suggest that the estimated 150 million mammoths lying beneath the Russian tundra provides a far greater supply of ivory than that of today’s elephant population.  Essentially, they believe mammoth ivory could be used to flood the market and ultimately squander the need for elephant poaching, claiming this could potentially save the world’s elephants.

      The ban on ivory-implemented since the ’80s to stop poachers from killing the elephants simply for their tusks-does not apply to this fossilized stuff. Trade in dead mammoth ivory is legal and has been for 300 years because it does not threaten any living species. This ivory is found in mammoth tusks that have been preserved in ice and permafrost of Arctic regions in Siberia, North Canada or Alaska. Most jewelers claim that woolly mammoth jewelry is conflict free, eco friendly and sustainable. The truth is mammoth ivory is rare and costly because mammoths have been extinct for millennia.

      The AFP reports Hong Kong customs cleared 21 tons of mammoth ivory and more than 90 percent of it came from Russia’s arctic tundra. Most of it is anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 years old.

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