How to Treat Pearls
Pearls are very delicate and soft and tend to get damaged easily. Due to their organic nature, pearls are vulnerable to acid, and humidity. Not only the heat and dry air but also the acidic skin of a woman can be harmful to pearls. Therefore taking care of your pearls is very important if you want to keep them looking as beautiful as when you bought them. A pearl necklace that is worn regularly against the skin is prone to the affects of the acids in the skin which will get absorbed in to the pearls and eat into it. If this happens you will not only lose the luster of the gem but also its shape.
How to Avoid Damaging Pearls
Whenever you wear pearls, always wipe them with a soft cloth before storing them. Try also not to stay too close to heat if you are wearing pearls because this can make the pearls turn brown and dry them which might result in cracks forming in them. People tend to store their valuable jewelry in vaults in the banks or in their home. Remember however that the dry air in a vault is also not good for pearls so be very careful when putting your pearls away in a safety box or vault. Always remove your pearl jewelry by using the clasp of the necklace or any metal part instead of the pearl itself. If you put pressure on the stone, it will eventually break loose from the setting and get lost. Always remember to take off your pearl jewelry when taking a bath or shower or when swimming and don’t have them on when spraying yourself with perfumes or hair sprays.
How to Clean your Pearls
When cleaning pearls only use cleaning materials that are labeled as safe for pearls. Once you have worn them, simply wipe them with a chamois or soft cloth that has been dampened with water. A tiny drop of olive oil on the cloth will help to retain the luster of the pearls. Never use harsh chemicals such as lemon juice or vinegar to clean them. Most people don’t think that detergents can harm their jewelry. But, even substances like baking soda and bleaches can harm your pearls greatly. Therefore never use them when cleaning pearls and never stem-clean your pearls either.
When storing pearls, you should never store them with other jewelry. Always store your pearls in a different compartment in your jewelry box or in separate pouches and never store them one on top of another. If your pearls are not used frequently, just take them out of their boxes or place of storing to air them as otherwise they could become dehydrated and lose their beauty.
Maintaining your Pearls
If you find your pearls have become very dirty, it’s best that you get them cleaned by a jeweler who will know how exactly to clean them. Special attention has to be paid to areas around the holes that have been drilled for the thread to pass through since they accumulate more dirt. Expensive pearls such as the Mikimoto cultured pearl necklaces are normally strung with silk thread to make them look more attractive and strong. It’s recommended that you have your pearls restrung each year even if you don’t wear them often to keep them looking beautiful as ever.