When your Amber arrives, you can do one of two things:
(1) Expose the Amber to direct sunlight--whether on a towel or worn on the skin--for no longer than two short minutes to activate the succinic acid. This is NOT a crucial step, although it helps to get the immediate benefits of your Amber. The sun simply warms the Amber right up, activating the succinic acid, which transfers it through the skin immediately.
(2) Put your Amber on against your skin (under your clothes). If you choose not to put your Amber under the sun, your Amber will simply warm up to your body temperature and work at its natural state as it is worn against the skin.
Avoid attacks by chemicals. Strong solutions, soaps, detergents, chlorine, commercial jewelry cleaning solutions, perfumes, cologne, hairspray, gels, etc. will add a residue layer to the Amber, which may create a whitish coating on the Amber that could be permanent. Some of these can also eat away at the delicate Amber and/or the string holding the amber.
Remove your Amber if you will be in water (i.e. swimming, shower, bath, etc.). If you forget, simply rinse the Amber with plain, lukewarm (never hot!) water to remove any soap or chemical residue. Soap will not only eat away at the string, but will also add a build-up to the Amber, preventing the succinic acid from effectively transfer into the skin, while lessening the durability of the Amber. Chemicals, such as chlorine, will also soften the Amber, causing it to be more vulnerable to breakage. Water, soap, and chemicals may weaken the quality and durability of the string the Amber is strung on, which makes the string more susceptible to breakage. Everyone will forget to remove his/her Amber every once in a while--it's OKAY--just try not to make a daily habit out of it, rinse, and don't forget to put your Amber back on.
Always store Amber in a soft cloth--never with other jewelry, where it can rub against metals. Amber by Amanda's Baltic Amber is strung on a cotton string, and each gem is individually knotted to prevent rubbing and chipping. Metals will not only scratch, chip, and/or break the soft Amber fossils, it will also neutralize Amber's slight static charge.
Keep in mind, Amber is fossilized tree resin, so it's a fossil. All Amber by Amanda's Amber is 35-65+ million years old. It should not need to be replaced as long as you properly care for it. If you feel your Amber is NOT as effective as it used to be, try rinsing it in lukewarm water and placing it on a soft towel to dry. Drastic and permanent color change is a visual indicator the Amber bead has been depleted of its use. Click here to read more about the signs of when to replace your Amber.
All Amber by Amanda products are genuine, authentic, and natural Baltic Amber from Lithuania. We will never sell artificial, plastic, or synthetic Amber. I personally test all of my Amber when I receive each piece to make sure they are, indeed, 100% genuine.