Pearls look amazing, there's no doubt about that. They are known for their beauty and shine.Pearls, by their nature, are very long-lasting - you can expect pearl jewelry to last you a lifetime. However, that does not mean that you can get away with treating them roughly! Pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and other pearl items are some that are actively used.
Wearing your pearls
Pearls go with anything. However, you should consider what you wear your pearls with, as contact with some surfaces will damage your pearl jewelry.
Do not wear your pearls against scratchy fabrics - a thick jumper made of rough wool with a pearl necklace is not a good combination!
Your skin is slightly acidic. Items of pearl jewelry, like stud pearl earrings or necklaces, will become less shiny and barrel-shaped if they constantly rub against your skin. You can slow this process by wiping your pearls with a soft, damp cloth when you take them off.
One thing to bear in mind is that the cord that pearl necklaces and pearl bracelets are strung on is a lot less durable than the pearls themselves. If you wear your pearl jewelry a lot, then you should replace the cord every year. If you wear pearls only occasionally, then make sure the cord is in good condition before you wear the item in question.
Do not wear your pearls to go swimming, or in the shower. Apply perfume, hair spray and cosmetics before you put your pearls on, and be careful to avoid getting the spray from perfume and hair products near your pearl jewelry. When you are taking off pearl earrings or a pearl ring, remove the item by pulling on the metal shank, and not the pearl itself. This will help to stop the pearls from becoming loose.
Storing your pearls
Even when you're not wearing your pearls, it can still deteriorate. Incorrect storage is one of the many reason. Keep your pearls tucked away safely and soundly to maximize their lifespan:
Do not store your pearls directly on top of, or underneath, any other jewelry. Stones and metals are hard, and your gold, diamonds and other precious items may scratch your pearls. Store pearls in a soft pouch. Or, store your pearl earrings in the box that they came in.
Pearls do not thrive in places where the air is dry, as they become discolored and can even crack. If you store your pearls for long periods in a safe, then you should make sure that the atmosphere inside is not too arid.
Do not store your pearls anywhere that they may, even accidentally, come into contact with any form of acids, cleaning products or other chemicals. This includes making sure that your pearls are kept safe and well away from any curious or mischievous toddlers or pets!
Cleaning your pearls
Pearls are naturally shiny, but they will get dull with time and use. Cleaning is an important part of your pearl maintenance regime. However, you should be careful when cleaning your pearl jewelry.
Using cleaner that is specifically intended for pearls is the safest option for keeping your pearl jewelry vibrant and beautiful. If you do not have specialist cleaner, then mild facial soap is the next best option.
Some jewelers offer specialist pearl cleaning services, and may clean your pearl earrings or pearl necklace for free if you are having it re-strung.
Do not clean your pearls with anything abrasive. This includes many detergents and household cleaners, toothbrushes, and scouring pads. Do not use any ammonia based cleaners on pearls, or ultrasonic cleaners on your pearl jewelry.Do not steam clean your pearls. After cleaning, leave the pearl to dry naturally in a relaxed shape. Do not hang them out to dry, and do not wear your pearl jewelry when it is wet either. Pearls can seem a little high maintenance. But taking a little trouble over your jewelry will make sure that it will be at your side for many years to come.