Items that are made out of leather are always more classy than the synthetic brands and this is mostly because of its elegantly natural uniqueness. Necklaces made out of leather is not an exception to this. Leather necklaces can be very easy to find anywhere as there are a lot of leather necklaces in the market these days ranging from the Single Black Chords to the Short Chocked Necklaces, the Suede Leather Styles, etc. What poses to be a difficult task however is getting to find original leather necklaces as there are lots of fake and faux leather necklaces around even more than the original leather necklace. Matter of fact is that it is very painful and frustrating to purchase a leather necklace that looks so much like an original only to realize latter on that it is only a faux. This is why it is important to have some basic knowledge on how to spot original leather necklaces before you go to get one and here are some tips that can help you out:
Check Out For The Label: This should be one of the first things you should check for while searching for original leather necklaces. Original leather necklaces usually come with tags like 'made with animal skin', 'genuine leather ', 'top grain leather' or real leather'. You should look out for these phrases in the label of the leather necklace, and in cases where there is no tag of sort on the leather necklace, chances are that the leather used in making it is faux and the producer is coyly trying to evade mentioning it and in cases where the necklace is labeled 'man made leather', it is definitely synthetic.
The Pores Test: You should also look closely to examine the pores in the body of the leather necklace. The pores on an original skin are always disorganized and do not follow a perfect pattern. These imperfections are part of the uniqueness of the original leather necklace because the original leather is gotten from animal skin and thus the leather used on each necklace is supposed to follow the pattern of the pores on the skin of the animal it is gotten from. Generally, the pores on the skin of animals differs and do not follow a perfect pattern. So, the pores on the leather gotten from these animals is not supposed to follow a perfect pattern. In situations where the the pores and edges on the leather used in making a necklace is very well organized and follow a perfect pattern, the there are high chances that the leather used in making the necklace is machine made and synthetic.
The Smell Test: since original leather is gotten from animal skin, it is very normal that the smell of the original leather necklace would resemble that of a dry animal skin. However unique or faint it may smell, there must be that naturally rich and mushy smell that characterizes dry animal skin. When checking to see if a leather necklace is original or faux, one easy method to know is by smelling the necklace, if is original, then it will give you that rich mushy smell of a dry animal skin. However, if it is a faux leather, it will have a kind of smell that is plastic-like or that resembles the smell of chemicals. This is one of the sure ways to detect faux leather necklaces.
The Feel Test: You can also run your hand through the surface of the necklace to feel the texture and smoothness of the leather surface. Original leather is supposed not supposed to be too smooth, so if the necklace has a too smooth texture, then there are chances that it is synthetic. This method of testing for original leather necklaces is however not always 100% sure as some producers treat their original leather necklace surface to be very smooth.
The Fire Test: This is actually a dangerous method of testing for original leather necklaces as you might be risking causing a fire outbreak or destroying the leather necklace although it will be more difficult to damage an original leather necklace than the faux leather necklace using this method. However, this method is a very effective and reliable one. Hold a small flame up to an area of the leather necklace for a few seconds and observe. If is real leather, it will not burn but will only char slightly and have a smell that resembles that of burnt hair but if it is faux, it will easily Catholics the fire and burn. It is advised to always use a part of the leather necklace that is barely visible when using this method so that the damages done to the necklace (of any) can easily be concealed.
The Water Test: Put a little drop of water on the surface of the leather necklace and observe it closely. Original leather absorbs water in tiny quantities easily and very fast but if it is not original leather, the water will just remain on the surface of the necklace pulling around.
These are some of the most quickest, effective and efficient methods you can use to test a leather necklace to see if they are real or not. There are also some other methods like carefully checking the edges of the leather necklace to see if they are rough or smooth as original leather is supposed to have rough edges, bending the necklace to see if it will wrinkle or slightly change colour, etc. The original leather necklace is also most times much more expensive than the faux leather necklaces so the price can still be used as another determinant to know if it is real or fake as original leather is always costlier than the fake ones.