Our English vegetable-tanned bridle leather, from which all of our products are made, is reknown the world over for its premium quality, strength and good looks coupled with hard-wearing properties. In the highest quality products there is no substitute for real vegetable-tanned English bridle leather, tanned without the use of chemicals.
Our English bridle leather quickly becomes soft and supple with use. To make your purchase feel softer from brand new, simply warm it in your hands and gently flex it in the direction it will be worn.
While our collars, leads and harnesses are designed to be durable, common sense dictates that decorative collars are not intended to be used in unsuitable situations. If you dog scratches at its collar, digs under fencing, plays roughly with other dogs or engages in unsuitable activities we encourage you to remove their collar to prevent damage to the leather or crystal. In this way, collars that are in constant use will keep their good looks and are able to perform with total reliability over many years of service. Always remove leather collars if your dog goes in sea water.
Some styles with crystal are more fragile than others and will not withstand biting, pulling or scratching, particularly from medium to large size dogs. Other styles are harder wearing but, nevertheless, need to be used appropriately. Scratching to the surface of the crystal will diminish its brilliance and is not covered by guarantee.
With just a little care, our products will keep their good looks and maintain their durability and strength for a life-time.
How do I care for the bridle leather?
If the surface leather or lining leather is dirty use saddle soap to clean it following the manufacturer’s instructions. Leather is a natural, breathable, porous material. In order to keep it looking its best your leather articles may require an occassional clean to prevent the pores from becoming ingrained with dirt. When leather becomes dirty the pores are unable to breath eventually causing it to dry out and crack. After cleaning, apply a conditioner as described below. Alternativley, use a neutral, or appropriately coloured, wax shoe polish taking care to polish off thoroughly.
If the leather does not require cleaning it may still require a conditioner to impart nourishment into the depth of the hide. The natural oils in most dogs’ coats will help to keep collars in reasonable condition, however, if the leather looks or feels dry then apply a non-oily conditioner. Do not use neatsfoot oil or any other oily product. In general, condition once a year applying a thin coat of conditioner to the upper surface of the leather only, following manufacturer’s guidelines. Do not apply conditioner to the inside lining leather. Over-conditioning should be avoided as this will clog the pores.
Non-oily leather conditioners are available from good shoe & saddlery stores. We recommend Feibings 4-Way CARE which cleans, nourishes and protects all in one. It is a liquid leather conditioner that seeps into leather quickly. If the conditioner disappears within a few seconds then apply a second or third thin coat, otherwise a single application is sufficient. Do not over condition and do not apply conditioner to the inside surface of your Diamond Dogs purchase.
It is not necessary to put a lot of effort into keeping your leather goods in tip top condition. Just a few minutes of care now and again is sufficient. If items get muddy you can rinse them in cool water and allow to dry for a few days away from any heat source or direct sunlight. Similarly, if the leather gets wet, place the item away from any heat source and allow to dry at normal room temperature. If the leather feels stiff or firm after drying apply a coat or two of conditioner before using again.
Do not store in plastic. Always allow the leather to breathe.
How do I restore colour to bridle leather?
Our black leather is tannery dyed in large vats to ensure a good depth of colour. The dye penetrates through all the leather fibres so a deep charcoal colour is visible right through the depth of the hide. Should the surface becomes dull or scratched apply a black wax shoe polish or shoe cream, taking care to polish off any residue which will restore its good looks.
Other colours are finished using a surface pigment. If the leather gets discoloured, scratched or damaged it is possible to re-dye leather using a proprietary shoe dye following the manufacturer’s guidelines. To replenish surface colour use an appropriately coloured dye and polish with shoe wax or cream. Light leather colours may require a more frequent clean.
How to care for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
To maintain the beauty of the crystal prevent rough use, scratching or surface abrasion which can diminish brilliance and cause loss of crystal. If necessary, clean using a damp cloth. If surfaces are oily, use a mild detergent avoiding contact with the leather. Do not roll crystallized leather items in a tight circle or bend backwards.
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If you have any questions or concerns about our products or your purchase please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to advise you.