Care, Maintenance and Repair of your Amber Jewelry
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|Care and Cleaning of you Amber Jewelry:
How to Care for Baltic Amber Jewelry
A few quick guidelines to help keep your new amber in the best condition.
new amber is alive. The stones are still breathing & interacting
with the environment. The color may change over time--this is expected
& contributes to the unique, intensely individual nature of amber.
Each piece of amber ages differently. Each is composed of different
combinations of plant materials & fossil inclusions. Science has yet
to replicate the chemical signature of amber in the laboratory, so
amber retains not only beauty, but also a bit of mystery.
have always desired & worn amber jewelry. It is widely claimed to
be the very oldest semi-precious material used for human adorment. It
was worn for many reasons--for protection, for beauty, to signify tribal
affiliation & frequently, given as a gift with a personal meaning.
Just as it is today.
While amber is durable enough to withstand millenia--it is also fragile.
Even so, caring for amber jewelry couldn't be easier.
amber is brittle, the owner should avoid allowing it to come into sharp
contact with hard surfaces. For example, the owner should take an extra
moment to set it down on a dressing table rather than casually tossing
This is especially true for carved pieces, cameos &
intaglio jewelry forms, so the owner should be extra mindful when
handling these types of designs.
That said, amber cameos are
typically passed down in families as heirlooms, so there is no need to
feel anxious when handling them, just be a little careful.
Amber is also soft & as such, may easily be scratched. It is the softest & lightest of all gems.
to keep your amber away from solvents (including chlorinated water),
hairspray & perfumes. This doesn't mean one shouldn't use perfume or
hairspray if wearing amber. It's just that ideally, one would use these
first before putting on any jewelry, not just amber. But specifically
regarding amber--this is so the piece doesn't become coated with a dull
whitish film, which may then chemically bond & become permanent. As
noted above, your amber really is alive, it is porous & it really is
still interacting with the environment.
not wearing, it is always best to wrap & store amber jewelry away
from direct sunlight--inside a pouch or jewelry box. With bead
necklaces, one should hang these when not wearing to help retain drape
& avoid tangling.
If luster is ever a concern, simply apply a
tiny drop of olive oil & rub with soft flannel. "Less is more" with
the olive oil.
Repairing you Amber Jewelry
We stand by our work and quality of craftmanship. If by some reason your jewelry breaks within 6 months of ordering it, contact us about repairing your jewelry at no charge. These repairs do not apply to breakage caused by chewing on the jewelry. If past the 6 month warranty period please contact us for a quote on your repair.
If your clasp opens up, your piece is most likely not broken. It is because the safety feature on the necklace has opened up from being pulled excessively hard. Below are instructions on how to 'fix' your clasp.
Open Clam Shell
Slide the ring or clasp over tab of clam shell
Fold Tab over using thin nosed pliers. Ensure end lip of tab is inside the shell part of the clam shell
If desired place a drop of glue inside of shell. Using pliers squeeze the shell part of the clam shell closed.
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