Care and Keeping of Pearls
Because pearls are so soft and are made from natural elements, they need special care. We will list some helpful hints for ensuring your pearls stay pretty and polished.
Be sure not to place pearls next to other pieces in a jewelry box, rather keep them in a pouch to prevent scratches.
Some people's skin is more acidic than that of others', so be aware that if pearl jewelry is worn against skin on a regular basis, it will gradually absorb some of the acid and eat away at the pearl. You can slow down this process by wiping pearls with a soft cloth after each wear.
Certain chemicals can damage pearls easily, including perfume, vinegar, and lemon juice. Exposure to heat can cause discoloration in pearls and cause them to crack. Dry air can also damage pearls.
Some precautions to keep in mind when cleaning your pearls:
- Use jewelry cleaner that is specifically labeled as safe for pearls.
- NEVER use an ultrasonic cleaner or steam clean your pearls.
- Never expose pearls to detergent, bleach, baking soda or ammonia-based cleaners and DO NOT clean them with abrasive materials such as a tooth brush or scouring pad.
- If you wear you pearls often, it is best to have them re-strung every year.