Checking If Dominoes Are
long been made of ivory from their early beginnings. If you want to
check if your domino set is made of genuine ivory then you can find some
Many old and vintage dominoes were made of ivory,
including in China and across Europe. The following tips will help you
determine if they are authentic.
You'll need a very well lit area so use a bright light or
even good sunlight in the area you choose to take a look at your
Hold one of the tiles in the palm of your hand and feel
the weight of it. If it is light and feels insubstantial then it isn't
real ivory because ivory is a very dense and heavy substance.
Now feel the surface finish to establish the texture. It
should feel smooth and creamy if it is genuine. The corners and edges
should be gently rounded. If the corners are sharp and very angled then
this would indicate they are manufactured from a manmade material
Use a magnifying class to take a close look at the tile
and its sides to see if there is a fine grain. All different types of
genuine ivory have a natural pattern similar to the pattern on a piece of cut
Should you find that all the above checks are true and
there is a fine grain on the surface, you can take it to a jeweller to
get a confirmation of the specific type of ivory.
Remember, there are laws on the trade of ivory and some
sets may be prohibited by legislation in your location.
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