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How to Care for and Maintain Pearl Jewellery

Pearl jewellery is treasured for its elegance and sophistication, but pearls, being organic gemstones, require special care and maintenance to preserve their lustre and extend their lifespan. Proper care ensures that your pearls remain beautiful for years to come. Here are some practical tips for caring for and maintaining your pearl jewellery.

Avoid Contact with Chemicals

Pearls are sensitive to chemicals due to their organic nature. Substances found in everyday products like cosmetics, perfumes, and hairsprays can damage the surface of pearls. Always apply makeup, perfume, and hair products before putting on your pearl jewellery, and make sure to remove your pearls before engaging in activities that might expose them to harsh chemicals.

Proper Cleaning of Pearl Jewellery

Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the beauty of your pearls, but it must be done gently. Here are the steps for proper cleaning:

  1. Use Warm Water and Mild Soap: Gently wipe the pearls with a soft cloth dampened with warm water and a small amount of mild soap. Avoid using any cleaning agents that contain acids or alkalines.
  2. Soft Cloth Wiping: Use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe the pearls, removing any oils and dirt. Avoid using rough or abrasive materials, as they can scratch the pearls.
  3. Air Dry: After cleaning, lay the pearls flat on a soft cloth to dry naturally in a well-ventilated area. Do not use a hairdryer or expose them to direct sunlight, as high temperatures can damage the pearls.

Proper Storage of Pearl Jewellery

Storing pearls correctly is crucial to preventing damage. Here are some tips for proper storage:

  1. Use Soft Cloth Bags or Jewellery Boxes: Store your pearl jewellery in a soft cloth bag or a jewellery box lined with soft fabric to prevent scratches.
  2. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Long-term exposure to sunlight can cause pearls to become dehydrated and yellow. Store pearls in a cool, dark place to maintain their colour and lustre.
  3. Regular Wear: Pearls benefit from being worn regularly. The natural oils from your skin help keep them moisturised. However, be mindful to clean them regularly to remove any residue.

Regular Inspections and Maintenance

Regularly inspect your pearl jewellery for any signs of wear or damage, particularly the clasps and strings of necklaces and bracelets. Loose clasps or frayed strings can lead to loss or damage of the pearls. It is advisable to have your pearl jewellery professionally inspected and restrung every few years to ensure its integrity.

Additional Tips

  1. Avoid Water Exposure: While it is safe to clean pearls with water, avoid submerging them for extended periods. Do not wear pearl jewellery while swimming or bathing.
  2. Avoid Heat and Humidity: Pearls should be kept away from high heat and humidity. Avoid storing them in bathrooms or other humid environments.
  3. Handle with Care: Pearls are softer than many other gemstones, so they should be handled with care. Avoid dropping or knocking them against hard surfaces.

Pearl jewellery's unique lustre and elegance make it a cherished fashion item. However, as organic gemstones, pearls require special care and maintenance. By avoiding exposure to chemicals, cleaning them properly, storing them carefully, and conducting regular inspections, you can ensure that your pearl jewellery remains radiant and beautiful. At Glisten Jewellery, we believe that with thoughtful care, your pearls will continue to shine and bring joy for many years.