Please be aware that the lacquere is not unbreakable and in rare cases damage can happen. Caution must be taken by the user of an Urushi lacquer item, as it is sensitive to scratches and direct exposure to perfume. Do not expose your item to strong and direct sunlight as UV will slowly damage the surface, and later may result in an exfoliation of the lacquer layers.
Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a coloured gemstone’s durability and colour. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light. Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolour. Opals can turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks, and might lose their play-of-colour.