As discussed in a previous post, leather is really not water resistant, therefore using a great leather oil to protect your jewelry, is mandatory.
I really don't want to repeat myself but I hear the same question all the time - why is it that I can't wear my leather bracelet when taking a shower? Well, do you wear your shirt when showring? Or your jeans? Or your leather belt? I hope that the answer to all of these is "NO".
Look at leather as a fabric. Leather does soak up water, it does fade, and it does deteriorate. I don't really want to go in detail since we are discussing jewelry right now but this is a quick note for those of you who have motorcycles with leather seats and backs - leather cracks from a long exposure to sun.
Think about it, it's like your skin. You wear sunscreen if you are going to spend more than 15 min sunbathing. What about your bike, staying under the damaging sun rays for hours? Enough warnings...Let's go back to business - it's nice to have a good leather oil to rub in your leather goods to protect them from whatever damage might come their way.
You want to use leather oil for regular maintenance and preservation of leather items. I have tried a few leather oils and I have to say that Obenauf's Leather Oil is the one that I like the best. Obenauf's Leather Oil is a gentle blend of natural oils, waxes, and propolis that extends the life of leather and also rejuvenates neglected, dried, faded leather.
A good leather oil:
- Restores dried leather to a soft and supple condition.
- Restores sun-faded leather.
- Repels water.
- Resists cracking, scuffing, and dry rot.
- Applies easily with the applicator cap or with a clean cloth.
- Penetrates deeply into leather.
- Can be buffed to shine or polished over.
- Contains no harmful silicones, petroleums, solvents, or neatsfoot.
You can use leather oil not just for your leather jewelry - it is also perfect for leather furniture, exotic dress boots, saddles & tack, motorcycle leather (provides outstanding protection against wind, sun, and water), garments, baseball gloves, work boots (firefighters use it to protect their boots from scorching heat of forest fires), automotive seat leather (protects it from the baking sun) holsters & scabbards, and much more.