Here's the sweet news: As you know, these amber teething necklaces and bracelets are made to wear but not to chew!
Amber is a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and is a natural and traditional European remedy for teething discomfort. When amber is worn on the skin, the warmth of the skin releases trace amounts of healing oils on the skin, helping babies and young children stay calmer and more relaxed through teething. Amber is also recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties and benefits to the skin (helps diaper rash too!)
Succinic acid is the most beneficial component of the amber. I have read that the darkest colored amber generally contains less succinic acid than lighter colors. I have also read that the more cloudy or opaque amber is, the more succinic acid it contains (and usually the more cloudy amber is the nearer to the color white it becomes).
Infants/toddlers/children should be supervised while wearing the jewelry, and the jewelry should be removed from the child's neck when he/she goes to sleep.
The string the nuggets are strung on is designed to stretch when a good amount of pressure is applied, and break if necessary. Each piece of amber is individually double-knotted on the strand. The necklace fastens with a screw clasp.
Clean with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. Avoid detergents and cleansers when possible as these substances over time will leave a residue on the amber that inhibits it's ability to release its healing properties into the skin.
Probably won't wear it this way, but still a funny photo. Monica likes to wear things on her head!