28th September 2016

The Lure of Ivory

Ivory has been carved for 40,000 years. It has been used by cultures worldwide, funded wars and been connected to the slave trade. Today most ivory-bearing animals are threatened by extinction. The lecture looks at some of the uses of ivory around the globe, and why mankind has always been so entranced by the material and held it in such high esteem. Mention will also be made of the current trade bans, and how to recognise ivories from different species (for example elephant, walrus and whale), and their imitations, the most common of which is bone.

Maggie Campbell Pedersen

Maggie Campbell Pedersen is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. For many years she has combined her qualifications and taken them further to specialise in organic gem materials. Her work includes identification, teaching, writing, and constant research. She has lectured worldwide to specialist audiences and participated in television programmes.
Her photographs and articles have appeared in the specialist press and her published books include “Gem & Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin” and “Ivory”.