How to Care for Pearls
Pearls are the only gems produced by a living creature. Pearls and their beauty are therefore special and require particular care to maintain their luster and beauty:
- Avoid contact with chemicals, acids and cosmetics: Keep pearl jewelry away from perfumes, soaps, lotions, and hairsprays, as these can dull the luster. Put on your pearl jewelry after applying cosmetics. Avoid contact with bleach, ammonia, alcohol and swimming pools.
- Wear with Care: Pearls are relatively soft and can be scratched easily. Avoid wearing pearl jewelry during any activities that may subject them to impact or abrasion. Metals and pieces on clothing, jewelry or other accessories can also scratch the pearl.
- Cleaning: Over time, acid and perspiration can dull pearls. Clean pearls with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt and oils. Use a mild soap solution, if necessary, but rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
- Stringed Pearl Jewelry: Have pearl necklaces or bracelets periodically restrung to prevent strand breakage. The thread can wear out and weaken over time.
- Storage: Store pearl jewelry separately from other jewelry to prevent scratches. Use a soft pouch or a silk-lined jewelry box.