How To Care For Your Pearls
Pearls are gorgeous. They are also the world's softest gem and deserve loving care if you want to keep them beautiful. We would like to share these tips in the hope that your pearls will last you a lifetime.
Keep Your Pearls Away From Sharp Objects
Because pearls are soft, they can scratch easily, so it's important to keep them away from these kinds of objects.
Keep Pearls Away From The Sun
Pearls are organic gemstones and when exposed to extreme heat can dry, crack or discolour just like our skin. Keep them stored in a dry, cool place and avoid exposing them to long periods in the hot sun.
Avoid Hot Water
Be careful not to submerge your pearls in hot water, particularly when bathing, as this can weaken the thread. If they do come into contact with water wipe clean with a soft cloth and leave to dry out properly so the thread doesn’t deteriorate.
Clean With Damp Cloth
After you wear your pearls ensure to wipe them off with a soft damp cloth or chamois. (We recommend just water and nothing else). Doing this each time you were them prevents dirt from accumulating and keeps perspiration (another acidic substance to avoid) from slowly deteriorating the pearls.
Avoid Chlorine And Other Chemicals
Always ensure you minimise the risk of exposing your pearls to chlorine and other chemicals, which can scratch the surface and deteriorate the calcium carbonate exterior of the pearl.
Any acidic substances will break down the calcium of the pearl and affect its lustre and can cause long-term damage. A pearl’s lustre can be harmed when coming into contact with cosmetic products, particularly perfume.
Always remember to put pearls on as a final touch after perfume has been applied and wipe the pearls gently with a soft cloth before storage. Similar to acid substances, silver cleaning solution can damage the pearl containing too much ammonia.
If you do need to clean a jewellery clasp use something small like a cotton tip to apply and clean, avoiding contact with the pearls.
An Extra Tip - Use Common Sense
Of course, this list is not exhaustive and there are other tips such as "try not to drop them - especially on hard surfaces". The main rule should be to use common sense and to understand that they can scratch easily, and chemicals can affect pearls.
Get The Basics Here
Learn more about pearls:
- How To Tell If Pearls Are Real
- The Difference Between Freshwater And Seawater Pearls
- How Pearls Are Graded
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