Throughout the ages, fine pearl jewelry has been prized for its deep luster and natural beauty. As precious gemstones, pearls do require care to preserve their appearance. lf cared for properly, cultured pearls can be treasured for a lifetime.
Since pearls are organic gems, they are sensitive to chemicals and harsh environmental conditions. Also, because pearls are soft compared to other jewelry, they should be stored and handled carefully. lf you follow the tips below, you can help your fine pearl jewelry remain beautiful for many years to come.
• Store your fine pearl jewelry in its original packaging, not loose in ajewelry box. This packaging is not only beautiful and elegant; it will also help protect your pearl jewelry from being scratched by other jewelry in your collection.
• Avoid storing your pearls in extreme heat or in airtight places (like safes that are not regulated to provide humidity. Do not store your pearls in plastic bags for very long periods of time. Pearls benefit from the moisture in the air, and if they are deprived of it for too long they can become fragile or their color may change.
• Keep your pearl jewelry away from chemicals. Pearls are sensitive to chemicals such as detergents, bleach, and some kinds of soap, so it is best not to wear your pearl jewelry when washing dishes, swimming, or engaging in similar activities. When applying cosmetics, remember the rule last on, first off. Put your pearls on last after applying hair spray, perfume, and other makeup, and take them off before using makeup remover.
• To clean pearls, simply wipe them with a soft cloth, which can be either dry or slightly damp. Do not use liquid soap or another chemical product to clean your pearls, and do not clean your pearls with a toothbrush or other abrasive materials.