Your bone carving is made of highly polished bone. This is a porous material and over time absorbs oils from your skin turning to a soft honey gold colour wherever it has been in contact with your skin. This is normal and one of the great beauties of bone crafted jewelry.
To bring back the shine on 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 with the hands over many months and years.
A bone carving not only looks good but it also feels nice to touch. 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. The Maori people believe it also 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 other coloured liquids onto the carving such as red wines etc as these will also be absorbed into the carving.
- Though bone is a very hard material it can also be brittle and will break if dropped onto a hard surface such as a road or concrete pavement.
- Small carvings should not be worn while sleeping as they may catch on bed clothing and be damaged.
- Check the condition of the cord often.
- Never use household cleaning or polishing compounds on your carving.
- Rain and the swimming will not harm white carvings but avoid sudden or extreme temperature changes such as wearing it in a very hot shower or spa. Swimming with it then allowing it to dry rapidly in the sun is also not good for the carving until it has been worn for at least six months against the skin to “cure” it with your body oils
- Handle the carving often as the oils from your skin will keep the carving in good condition and protect it from the elements.
- Stained or coloured carvings should not be worn in the shower or while swimming as salt water in particular will fade the stained portions of your carving