Caring for your Amber jewellery
Posted on July 16 2015
Have you ever given any thought to how you should store and handle your Baltic amber jewellery? It’s not as simple as just throwing it in the jewellery draw with all the other pieces! It’s much more delicate than that!
Wearing amber does not only give us the amazing health benefits it offers but the oils on our skin also help to protect the amber from aging!!
How you ask? Well, let’s get all sciency…
Over the years, amber will age. Often the outer surface will react with oxygen through the process of oxidisation. In addition, amber can darken with age. Old amber generally will take on a reddish tint. This is also thought to have something to do with oxidation of the amber. Many people favour the reddish tint to the amber! Actually, the reddish tint tends to increase the value of the amber.
How can I stop (or slow down) this process? You can wear your amber! Don't just keep the amber in a drawer! The natural oils from your skin (you have more oils on your skin than you think) will coat the amber and slow the oxidation process. If your piece of amber is a pendant or necklace, all the better to wear it.
There are a few more tips on caring for your amber below that will help you increase the life of your amber.
Your amber should last you many years if you care for this ‘living’ stone with the care and respect it deserves.
- Never use a harsh cloth to clean your amber. Buff it softly with a micro fibre cloth like you would use on glasses.
- Avoid contact with household cleaners, soaps, hairsprays and other hair products, shampoo and conditioner, extreme heat and chemicals.
- If your amber has lost its shine rinse under cool water, buff with a soft cloth and add the tiniest amount of olive oil to a soft polishing cloth.
- Store your amber in a cool dark place wrapped in a soft cloth. Please do not store with other jewellery as it can scratch easily. Amber darkens with age due to oxidation but you can help stop it from being discoloured by storing it well away from heat and fluorescent lights.
- Avoid wearing your necklace in the shower or swimming. Frequent wetting and drying can weaken the thread on the jewellery.