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Leather is mainly used in the production of youthful and modern jewellery. Pieces of jewellery made to a high extent from leather run in a solid price range and nevertheless 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 skin 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. People have been using leather for almost 6000 years as outerwear, shoe material and, of course, as ornamental work.

Leather types for jewellery

Calfskin Is a very strong leather with a 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 bracelet in cross-section

Lederarmband im Querschnitt

Don't forget to impregnate the leather jewellery

It's actually only known from shoes, but it is also advisable to impregnate leather jewellery before wearing it for the first time. In this way, it is more resistant to water and dirt right from the start and saves work and costs in the long run. If dirt does accumulate on the jewellery, it can easily be removed with a bit of warm water and, in the case of braided leather, a soft toothbrush. However, make sure that the material is never completely soaked. Otherwise it will quickly get 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. Despite everything, if there is no way to part with your favourite jewellery, the piece in question should be treated with water and a little soap after sports or even on hot summer days. Here too, however, make sure to never completely soak the material, if possible, as otherwise it will easily get brittle.

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