If you're the kind who can't resist a good old sentimental moment, then picture presenting your child with a timeless pearl that's been a faithful companion for decades. It's not just a gift; it's a piece of your history, a bridge between generations, a precious heirloom that you know they'll hold dear, perhaps even more than you do.
As with other items of value, you’ll want to be careful how you wear and store them if they are to last decades. In this his article, we will guide you on how to store, handle and clean your precious pearls.
Last on, first off. This is the golden rule to practice for ALL jewelry, pearls or not. Wear after getting dressed, applying lotion and perfume or any products and be sure to take them off first.
Remove pearl jewelry when you sleep, shower, bathe, sauna, and particularly while cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities, at the beach and in chlorinated water.
Avoid storing pearls in plastic bags or plastic jewelry boxes. Plastic can emit a chemical that can damage or erode the surface of your pearls. Store your pearls in a pouch, and separately from other pieces.
Store your pearls in moderate-temperature environments and away from excessive heat or cold. Keep pearls away from direct sunlight to prevent damage from UV rays. Do not store in safety boxes for extend periods as they lack humidity. There is a saying that pearls love to be worn; so enjoy them rather than having them tucked away.
Extreme heat and lack of moisture dries out pearls, leading them to discolor and peel.
After each wear, gently wipe your pearls with a soft cloth wipe to remove any perfume, makeup, or grime that might have come in contact. A damp cloth may be used when need be.
If a deep clean is needed, we recommend using a mild, gentle dish soap with lukewarm water. Mix the solution and very gently rub over each pearl. Please note that this applies to the pearl itself and not the metal. Different metals require different cleaning solutions. Your stringed pearls - necklace or bracelet should never be submerged in water as it weakens the silk thread.
Do not use vinegar, lemon, or baking soda or bleach because they contain acids which could erode and damage pearls. Be cautious with jewelry cleaners unless it is labelled “safe for pearls.”
By now you know pearls are sensitive and deserve to be handled with utmost care, but these tips should help you maintain their gorgeous luster for years to come. If you have gifted pearls to a loved one, please share this.