How to Care for your Cultured Pearls
Remember, cultured pearls are precious jewels and should be treated as such.
Pearls and pearl jewelry should not be exposed to acid-alkali substances and high temperatures. They should also be kept from direct contact with chemical substances such as perfumes, hair spray, lotions, and minerals such as oil and salt.
It is also advisable to periodically wear pearls to keep them from drying out. The body`s natural oils keeps pearls lustrous. Always remove pearl jewelry when bathing. If the pearl jewelry becomes contaminated with perspiration and dirt, use neutral cleaning detergents to wash them and then rinse with clean water. Use a soft cotton cloth for drying.
Pearl Care Do`s and Don`ts:
- Don`t toss them in a purse or jewelry box where they can become scratched.
- Treat your pearls gently; keep them in a chamois bag or wrap them in tissue when putting them away.
- Don`t expose pearls to acid-based hair sprays, cosmetics or perfumes, or clean them with chemicals or abrasives.
- Do wash them with mild soap and water when you take them off. This will remove any traces of hair spray or perfume.
- When having pearls strung, place a knot between each pearl to avoid abrasion and to prevent loss if the string should break.
Looking for tips to whiten your pearls? Take them to your professional pearl jeweler. It is a rather complicated process and regular jewelers might not even have the capability to do this.
By following these helpful hints, you can keep your pearls looking nice for a long period of time before you have to seek the help of a professional pearl jeweler.