Caring For Your Bone Carving
Your carving is made of polished quality natural bovine (cow) bone. This is a porous material and over time absorbs oils from your skin turning to a soft honey gold colour. This is normal and one of the great beauties of bone crafted jewellery. We do not sell any carvings in materials taken from whale or other protected species.
To bring back the shine to your carving simply buff it with a soft cloth. In ancient times the high gloss polished finish of bone carvings was achieved by the wearer rubbing it, often in prayer, over many years. Handling the carving will not only keep it nicely polished but will also allow your body oils to enter the carving making it a part of you. Maori believe it takes on the spirit of all those who wear it, so the more colour it develops the more highly it is treasured.
- Be careful not to spill coloured liquids onto the carving, such as red wine, as these will also be absorbed into the material.
- Though bone is a very hard material it can also be brittle and will break if dropped onto a hard surface.
- Check the condition of the cord often.
- Never use household cleaning or polishing compounds on your carving.
- Rain and the occasional swim will not harm the carving but avoid sudden or extreme temperature changes such as wearing it in a hot shower or spa. Swimming with it then allowing it to dry rapidly in the sun is also not good for the carving, particularly when it is new. Over time your body oils moisturise and 'cure' the carving making it less prone to drying out, but protect it from extreme and rapid temperature changes.
- Handle the carving often as the oils from your skin will keep the carving in good condition and protect it from the elements.
Caring For Your Greenstone | Pounamu
Our artists use Nephrite jade which often has lots of interesting variations in colour and texture, it also often includes other minerals floating within the stone that add all sorts of colours such as the oranges, yellows and blues seen in the flower jades.
- While jade is a very hard material, it can also be brittle and will break or chip if dropped onto a very hard surface.
- As jade is non-porous it is quite safe to wear your carving in the rain or when swimming. Water will not harm your beautiful piece of jade artwork. Please Note: If your jade carving has a shell inlay then it should not be worn in water.
- To bring back shine on your carving simply buff it with a soft cloth. Do not use household cleaning compounds.
In ancient times the high gloss finish of bone and jade carvings was achieved by the wearer rubbing it with their hands over many years, often done in prayer. Handling your carving will not only keep it nicely polished but it will also allow your body oils to enter the surface of the carving, increasing the shine and truly making your carving a part of you. With a little bit of maintenance your jade necklace will last for generations and become more beautiful as time passes.
The Binding Cord
Our pendant necklaces come complete with an adjustable cord. These cords are very strong but check the condition of the cord from time to time and make sure that all bindings are nice and tight at all times.