Caring for Pearl Jewelry
Pearls can make beautiful jewelry, they are an organic gemstone which are very soft and require special care. If you maintain your pearl jewelry properly their luster will last for generations. A good rule of thumb is that pearls should be THE LAST THING YOU PUT ON when dressing and THE FIRST THING YOU TAKE OFF when you get home. Doing this will help your pearls avoid any unnecessary damage because they should be kept free of perfumes, cosmetics, perspirations and dirt. The easiest way to care for pearls is to gently wipe them with a soft cloth after they have been removed for the day because a pearl’s luster can be damaged by even the smallest amount of perspiration. Wiping them off after each use will help preserve them.
CLEANING YOUR PEARLS
When a soft cloth is no longer enough to remove any dirt from your pearls, you need to use a mild cleaning solution. NEVER use solutions that contain ammonia or other harsh detergents as you will damage the surface of the pearl. To clean your pearls, gently apply a baby shampoo or another mild soap solution with a soft manicure brush. Be careful to support the strand if the pearls are on a necklace or bracelet so the thread will not stretch. Only use mineral water or distilled water to rinse your pearls. Standard tap water contains chlorine and other chemicals that can damage the surface of your pearls. Then gently dab the water off with a dry, soft cloth. Once dry, polish your pearls to help them maintain their beauty.
STORING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PEARLS
Pearls can get scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. Because of this, you should not store your pearls with other jewelry, it is best to find a special slot in your jewelry box for your pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made chamois or another non-abrasive material.
You should NEVER store pearls in a plastic bag. Some types of plastic emit a chemical that will cause the surface of your pearls to deteriorate. As well, Do not store pearls in a safe or safety deposit box for long periods. The ultra-dry conditions that extend the life of paper documents may dry out your pearls and cause them to develop small fractures on the surface.
Lastly, to keep your pearl jewelry around for generations, any jewelry on strands should be restrung every one to two years or more often if the thread begins to bag or fray. This will keep your pearl jewelry in pristine condition and good for generations to come.