Caring For Pearls

Nuclei from Toba Pearl Island, Japan
Nuclei from Toba Pearl Island, Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pearls are the world’s only organic gem. This means they require special attention to ensure they stay beautiful and last long.

Read here on how pearls are made

Because pearls are organic, they are somewhat different from other gemstones like diamonds. They are softer, more delicate, and they can therefore be more easily scratched, cracked, and damaged.
Substances such as perfume, hair spray, natural body oils and perspiration can dull pearls’ luster or cloud their brilliance. For these reasons, pearls require a bit of special care.

It’s advisable to apply perfume, hair spray, and other cosmetics and allowing these products dry off your skin before putting on your pearls. This way, you minimize the amount of these products that come into contact with the pearls.
After wearing your pearls, wipe them with a soft damp cloth to remove any traces of cosmetic products or body oils.
Wash the pearls (except imitation pearls) periodically with a mild soap and a soft cloth, to remove any accumulated build-up.

Storing Your Pearls

Because of their delicacy, pearls should be stored separately, away from dust and hard jewelry items, to prevent scratches or other damages. If possible, store them wrapped in soft cloth or in a soft-lined container, pouch (like silk), or jewelry box. DON’T store pearls in plastic.

Taking care of your pearls and other jewelry, help to greatly prolong their lifespan and luster.

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