Leather is mainly used in the manufacture of youthful and modern jewellery. Pieces of jewellery made to a high degree of leather are in a solid price range and still represent an exclusive and high-quality product. In order for the high quality and noble character of leather in jewellery to really come into its own, it must be properly obtained and processed with the appropriate know-how. The raw material leather is obtained from the skin of various animals and made permanently durable by tanning. For the production of leather, the skin layer of the animal hide is chosen, which is called the dermis or leather skin. The distinction between leather and fur is made after tanning. If hairs are still present on the animal skins here, the material is called fur coat. Different types of leather can of course be obtained from different animals, e.g. nappa leather, cowhide, goatskin or horsehide. Leather can also be made from the skin of reptiles. Leather has been used by humans for almost 6000 years as outerwear, as a shoe material and, of course, for ornamental purposes.
Leather types for jewellery
|Calfskin||Is a very special firm leather with very high quality.|
|Cowhide||A high quality leather, which is produced elaborately.|
|Nappa leather||Is a mix of different types of leather, often used in the fashion industry.|
|Buffalo leather||A coarse-pored suede that becomes shiny over time|
|Chicken leather||Does not come from chickens, but refers to thin sheepskin or goatskin.|
|Faux leather||Imitation leather made of a textile base layer and a plastic top layer.|
Leather wristband in cross-section
Don't forget to impregnate the leather jewellery.
You only really know it from shoes, but it is also advisable to impregnate leather jewellery before wearing it for the first time. This makes it more resistant to water and dirt right from the start and saves you work and money in the long run. If dirt does accumulate on the jewellery, it can easily be removed with a little warm water and, in the case of braided leather, a soft toothbrush. Make sure, however, that the material is never completely soaked. Otherwise it will quickly become brittle.
Leather and sweat
Jewellery should generally be taken off during sports to prevent injuries, but also to avoid damaging the precious pieces themselves. With leather, however, there is another factor. Sweat can soak into the material and cause unpleasant odours in the long run. If, despite everything, you don't want to part with your favourite jewellery, you should treat the piece in question with water and a little soap after sports or even on hot summer days. However, if possible, make sure never to completely soak the material, otherwise it will quickly become brittle.
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