Carved bone bead app. 40x30mm
€5,45Incl. tax €4,50Excl. tax

Legs beads

Legs beads have been used since ancient times to make tools and jewelry. Sometimes because it already had a suitable form by nature (bovine shoulder blades were used as prehistoric times in prehistoric times), sometimes because it was strong and hard, sometimes because there was simply no other material available (at the Eskimos or on ships). Leg as material can come from any animal.

Legs beads: the history of it

Ivory, leg and antlers are often used over time as basic material or as decoration for the manufacture of objects that are part of everyday life, such as jewelry, figurines and other carvings, furniture, handles of canes or umbrellas, altar decoration, reliefs which were used in book covers or furniture, etc. In prehistoric times, ivory was also used as a building material where the long mammoth tusks served as a supporting structure for tents. The use of ivory in Europe dates back to the late paleolithic period (the ancient Stone Age), roughly between 40,000 and 12,500 years ago. One of the oldest known examples of ivory figurines are figurines that probably served as a fertility symbol. An example of this is the "Venus of Hohle Fels" in Schwäbische Alb (South Germany) 35,000 years old and made from mammoth ivory. The use of ivory varies over time; from decorative carving to ceremonial and religious objects and even architectural models. Ivory was also often combined with other materials such as precious stones, gold and other precious metals, different types of wood such as ebony. Strikingly clear or dark materials were deliberately chosen because of the beautiful contrast with the white ivory.


Properties of Legs Beads

Leg was often used to replace expensive and expensive ivory, for objects of lower quality such as needles, combs, handles for knives and many others. Usually bones from common species from the immediate vicinity were used such as pigs, horses and cattle. Legs beads look very much like ivory in terms of chemical structure; both have organic and inorganic components, but their physical structure is very different. The treatment and processing of bone is analogous to that of ivory. Both the method and the materials and tools are largely comparable. The big difference here is that leg is a less elastic material.

Turtle, shell and coral also belong to this category.

We obviously do not sell ivory but only bone beads, a beautiful, old natural product and in terms of beauty and originality a good alternative to ivory!