Vintage Pre Ban Ivory Knot Bead Earrings,Red Jasper,Sterling Silver
Vintage Pre Ban Ivory knot bead, Fire Jasper bead, oxidized sterling silver
Magnificent intricately hand carved vintage ivory knot beads that are 17mm in diameter ( there are 25mm to the inch) have 10mm crackled fire jasper beads at the top which boast a fabulous pattern rather reminiscent of the carved ivory bead. They hang gracefully from handmade oxidized sterling silver french ear wires and have oxidized sterling silver bead caps as well.
Total length of these earrings is approximately 1 1/4" .
The endless knot or eternal knot is a symbolic knot and one of the Buddhist Eight Auspicious Symbols. It is of important cultural signifcances in places significantly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism such as Tibet, Mongolia, China and others.
These earrings will arrive in a little box all ready for gift giving.
***Shipping includes insurance within the U.S.***
"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 Etsy , that it is my responsibility to let you know exactly what " pre ban ivory" means and also to assure you that any ivory beads I sell in my shop, were purchased before this ban. We have the documentation to prove this.
CITES banned the sale of ASIAN elephant ivory as early as 1975. Despite the fact that it was legal to trade in AFRICAN ivory until 1989 ( and our items were purchased in 1984 ) Customs officials seem to be currently prohibiting entry of ALL ivory products regardless of origin unless accompanied by an export license which validates acquisition prior to 1973.
We regret that we cannot ship outside the U.S. for this reason***
SHIPPING includes insurance within the U.S.
**The Chinese folk art of tying knots originated in the Tang ( 618 -907 ) and Song ( 960 -1279 ) Dynasties, and became popular later in the Ming( 1368-1644 ) and Qing (1644-1911 ) Dynasties. These knots are all distinctive not just for their complicated patterns, but because each is woven separately from just one piece of thread.
Knots were actually worshiped by the Chinese - an interesting example of their folklore. The actual words for "spirit" and "divine" in Chinese culture have a similar pronunciation and subtle link to the word "rope". Knots were cherished and thought to be blessed with profound spiritual and religious meaning.
Knots were also used for ornamental functions and there were many different knots named according to their different shapes, usages and origins.
However, as civilization advanced, the Chinese used knots for more than just fastening and wrapping. In Chinese history, the knot was the basis for written and symbolic communication, a method of record keeping and a symbolic representation of important historical events that occurred over time. Such events were symbolized by the tying of knots; the size of the knot itself significant of the event being archived.
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Vintage Pre Ban Ivory Bead,Red Jasper Bead,Sterling Silver Ear Wires
First Item: $4.00
Additional Items: $0.50
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 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2016
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $3.60 covers any first class shipment up to 8 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: $13.50 for any package weighing from 1-8 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $13.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). Please bear with us for a few weeks while we change our listings to account for the new rates. 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
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.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!