How To Care for Your Pearls
Pearls are highly valued for their beauty. They need some tender loving care as they can get easily damaged and may lose their luster or get scratched if not protected.
All you need to do is to take a few simple steps.
Wipe your Pearls with a Soft Cloth after wearing them
Cosmetics, including skin creams, lotions, and perfumes, are the pearls worst enemy. They contain many ingredients than can damage the pearl nacre. Some of these ingredients are not that good for our skin either.
Never spray fragrance on your skin while you’re wearing your pearls.
Wiping the pearls every time you take them will clean the chemicals, sweat and dirt. The cloth should be soft and slightly wet to clean the pearls without scratching them.
Do Not Use Commercial Cleaning Products on Your Pearls
Never clean your pearls using chemicals like bleach, ammonia, dishwashing liquid, bicarbonate of soda, commercial cleaning pads, and toothbrushes – no matter how soft. Avoid commercial jewellery cleaners often advertised on TV and never steam-clean your pearls. Ultrasonic cleaning is not a good idea either as the pearls are porous and quite delicate.
Store Your Pearls Separately
Always keep your pearls in a soft pouch or box, away from your jewellery like rings and bracelets. A pouch made of suede or fabrics like velvet are a better choice than plastic bags, and slightly padded silk bags are perfect.
Do Wear Your Pearls
Pearl wants to be worn. They are organic, and they’ll dehydrate and dry out if you keep them in a safe all the time. If you wear them, they will keep their beautiful luster – as long as you look after them properly.
Never Ever Wear Your Pearls in Shower
Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? Yet some women wear jeweler in shower and even to bed. Removing your pearl bracelet before swimming, going to gym or sauna, and a pearl ring before washing dishes is also a good idea.
Restring Your Pearls
Inspect your pearl necklace every now and then and restring it if the tread starts to stretch, bag or fray. Remember to knot your pearls that are near the clasp even if the rest of the necklace is not knotted.
If you are wearing the pearls the last thing you put on when dressing and the first thing you take off at night, it will last for a long time. Some gems, including opals and pearls are soft and need to be treated carefully in order to avoid damaging them. If you follow the steps described above, quality pearls will always look beautiful.