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Differentiating Between Synthetic and Natural Ivory??

Lachlan Cranswick lachlan at dmp.csiro.au
Fri Mar 25 10:14:05 EST 1994

Does anyone have or know of references or techniques to
unambiguously differentiate natural and synthetic ivory?

Various published analysis and properties of these
materials would also be appreciated (crystal phases, elemental and 
morphological).  Also, potential sources to act as standard
samples would also be appreciated.

In the case of identifying ivory (labeled as synthetic) as being
the natural product  -  it would most likely
have to deal with claims that the process for its manufacture is
so good you can't tell the difference between the natural
and the synthetic products (and that the manufacturing process
is a commercial secret).  

Thanks in advance,


Lachlan Cranswick  -  CSIRO     _--_|\  lachlan at dmp.CSIRO.AU
Division of Mineral Products   /      \ tel +61 3 647 0367
PO Box 124, Port Melbourne     \_.--._/ fax +61 3 646 3223
3207 AUSTRALIA                       v

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