Since prehistoric times, people have used animal bones for ornamentation. Their relative softness lends to beautiful carvings for both detailed figurines and jewelry, often as beads. Cultures without access to ivory often used bone for similar purposes.
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Bone is very soft and may discolor with time. Discoloration is due to porosity/absorption of body oils or other substances from wearing. Be mindful of scratching. Avoid chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners. Requires gentle handling
Antlers are bone structures that extend out from the skull of most deer varieties. Typically, only Males of the species grow antlers and they and are shed annually. They are popular carving material for knife handles and decorative items. They have been used since prehistoric times for ornamentation.
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