Caring for your Pearls
Throughout the ages, fine pearl jewelry has been prized for its elegance and natural beauty. As precious gemstones, pearls do require some care to preserve their quality and appearance, but if treated properly, pearls can be treasured for a lifetime (and then passed down for generations!).
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PROTECTING YOUR PEARLS:
Pearls are sensitive and can be damaged when exposed to extreme hot /cold climate conditions or chemical substances like detergent, bleach, vinegar, ammonia, hairspray, perfume, cosmetics, lotion, or sun block. Prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures or these types of substances will dull the luster of your pearls.
As such, we recommend not wearing your pearl jewelry when cleaning, washing dishes, applying personal care products, or otherwise handling these types of chemical substances.
Remember the Last On, First Off rule: Put on your pearls only after applying hair spray, perfume, creams, moisturizers and/or makeup, and then take off your pearls before using makeup remover or cleanser. (If possible allow, 30 minutes after applying personal/beauty products before putting on your pearls.)
Lastly, we recommend taking off your pearl jewelry when exercising or engaging in other strenuous physical activity as the natural acids in perspiration can also diminish the luster of your pearls.
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STORING YOUR PEARLS:
Pearls are not as hard as most gems. We recommend that when not wearing your pearls, to store them separately from other jewelry in your collection that could scratch or dent their surface.
Whenever possible, we recommend keeping pearls in their original gift box packaging. If you are travelling and tight on space, you can wrap your pearls in a soft cloth or a soft lined jewelry box.
A few storage methods to avoid:
Do not store pearls in an airtight bag, as pearls do need moisture (after all, they are jewels of the sea!). Pearls benefit from the moisture in the air, and if they are deprived of it for too long they can become fragile, causing cracks or changes to their original color.
Also avoid storing your pearls in extremely high temperatures or sunlight; too much heat or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can also damage their surface luster.
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CLEANING YOUR PEARLS:
Pearls can be cleaned quickly and easily; doing so after each time you wear your pearls will ensure they stay beautiful for years to come.
After each use, carefully wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove any body oils and dirt. The cloth can be dry or slightly dampened with water. If using a damp, allow your pearls to air dry before putting them away.
If you spill food or liquids on your pearls, you should rinse them off in clean water as soon as possible (I once spilled a glass of red wine on a white Akoya pearl bracelet and ring, but was able to rinse both immediately, and neither the pearls nor the string bear any scars from the incident!).
Pearls may also be washed occasionally with very mild soap. If you discover a spot or stain on your pearls that does not wipe away easily, try washing them in a bowl of clean water and a small amount of mild soap. Use a soft cloth to gently rub any spots or stains (do not use a toothbrush or other abrasive materials). Rinse thoroughly and then blot with a cotton towel or allow your pearls to air dry before putting them away.
Never clean pearls in an ultrasonic cleaners and avoid jewelry cleaning products made for metal jewelry or hard gemstones.