June 09, 2014
Like any precious heirloom, pearl jewelry requires some care to preserve its freshness and beauty. The following suggestions will help you keep your pearls looking their best.
As an organic gem, pearls are vulnerable to chemicals found in cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume. To preserve the luster of your pearls, always put on your jewellery after applying make-up and styling products.This is good advice for all types of jewellery.
Pearls can also be harmed by perspiration. Before placing your pearls back in the jewellery box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
Contact with other jewellery may scratch pearls. Avoid tangles by fastening clasps, then lay each jewellery piece in a separate compartment of your jewellery box. When traveling, use a protective jewellery pouch or wrap each item in a soft cloth. Pearls can dehydrate when stored too long, so enjoy them frequently.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner on your pearls. It can damage their nacre. Occasionally wipe your pearls gently with a cloth dipped in mild, soapy water. Then rinse the cloth in fresh water and wipe the pearls clean. Dry them with a soft cloth.
If pearls come into contact with an acidic substance such as fruit juice, vinegar, or other chemicals, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth. Be careful not to submerge your pearls in water as this will weaken the silk thread.
From time to time, check the clasps or screws holding your jewellery together. With frequent wear, even well cared for pearls may loosen and they will require restringing.
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