A Gemstone Fact
Water Buffalo Bone
This is the new ivory. This low luster matt ivory colored bone is very popular for jewelry these days when real ivory from elephant tusk is not only outlawed but frowned upon because of the destruction of the elephant in order to harvest this most valuable ivory in the past.
Today when water buffalo die their bones, horn, and hide are used to make decorative items. Not only is it popular for jewelry but also home accessories. Sometimes the bone material is ground down and reformed into decorative designs. It's a great summer accessory.
Most water buffalo bone and horn come from India, Tibet and Southeast Asia (no animals are killed for their bone and other materials)
There are no specific healing powers directly related to the water buffalo bone, however since it is organic and has been used in ancient tribes for thousands of years in their healing ceremonies, it must have some organic healing properties.
No water buffalo are killed just to harvest the bone. Water buffalo are considered sacred in India as well as the cow. These huge animals shed their horns annually and even this is used to make jewelry. This is certainly a "green operation".
How To Clean
Since the bone is very porous and sometimes it's not sealed be careful with oils, creams and perfume, it will discolor the bone. To age it to a darker color submerge it in a black tea bath until darkness you desire materializes. Clean with a damp cloth and mild soap.