Caring for your Bone Carving

Hand carved, natural bone seahorse pendant. Made by NZ Pacific.

Your carving is made of polished quality natural 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 jewelry.

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.

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.   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 Jade Carving

Hand carved jade matau pendant. Made in NewZealand by Brian Hill for NZ Pacific.

Your carving is made of high quality Nephrite Jade...

  • 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.

 

Caring for your Mammoth Ivory Carving

Mammoth ivory pendant. Hand carved by NZ Pacific.

Mammoth ivory is an ancient fossilised bone which is sensitive to its surrounding environment - it can be sensitive to extremes in humidity and temperature and to extended exposure to water. We take care to use the best pieces we can source for our carvings but it pays to look after these beautiful pieces by following a few guidelines...

  • Avoid contact with coloured liquids, dyes or inks
  • Try to keep your mammoth ivory pendant dry. Don't wear it in the water, and if it does get wet, dry it with a soft cloth as soon as you can
  • Try to avoid leaving it in direct sunlight
  • Avoid letting your pendant freeze

You can protect your mammoth tusk pendant by rubbing mineral oil into it a couple of times a year to replenish its natural oils - Baby oil works just fine. If you don't have any mineral oil hand, use some olive oil - this will work just as well.

Cleaning Your Mammoth Ivory

If you want to restore the look of your mammoth tusk to its original state follow these steps - it's easy and won't take too much time.

All you'll need is a little rubbing alcohol and some cotton wool. Put a few drops of the alcohol on the cotton wool and gently clean the pendant in circular movements. Take your time and change the cotton wool as soon as it becomes dirty. When you're happy with the look of the mammoth ivory wipe it off with a clean and dry piece of cotton wool, or a soft, dry cloth.

Let the piece stand for 15 - 20 minutes and when its perfectly dry, wipe it off with a little olive, or mineral oil. That's it - good to go!

Over time the mammoth tusk material will absorb your body oils and the pendant will change colour - usually it darkens. This is fine - your body oils will also protect the material from drying out and becoming brittle. 

 

Caring for your Pacific Pearl Carving

Your carving is made of high quality Pacific Pearl shell...

  • Pacific Pearl Shell is a very hard material but it can also be brittle and will break or chip if dropped onto a hard surface such as concrete. Small hairlines through the carving are normal and not a sign or weakness or damage.
  • Pacific Pearl Shell is non-porous so it is quite safe to wear your carving in the rain or when swimming.
  • To bring back shine to your carving simply buff it with a soft cloth. Do not use household cleaning compounds.


Handle your carving, it loves to be touched....

In ancient times the high gloss finish of bone, jade and shell carvings was achieved by the wearer rubbing it with their hands over many years. This was often done in prayer. So 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.

We trust that you will enjoy your carving for a very long time and will come to understand why we believe it to be the most personal and precious of gifts for yourself or a loved one.

 

The Binding....

Hand made pendant binding with jade toggle closure. Made for NZ Pacific.

Most of our pendants are delivered with a hand-plaited and 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. We hand make our cords so if you have a length preference let us know and we'll make it up for you.

We also offer cords in a number of different colours - you can view our single coloured cord options HERE and our multi-coloured cords HERE.