Pearls are a beautiful addition to every woman’s jewellery box. But, strings of pearls require specific care and cleaning to ensure a long life. Make the most of your investment by protecting your pearls.
But, how do you clean pearls? Here’s our top tips for keeping your pearls lustrous:
- Always handle with care
Pearls must be handled with care to keep them in the best condition. This means, avoid heavy lifting, tugging, snagging or any other distraction that can break your pearl string or cause scratches to your pearls. A good rule of thumb is: if you need to work with your hands, keep your pearls at home.
- Avoid chemicals and acids
Keep your pearls in top condition by limiting their exposure to acids and other chemicals. Acid can come in the form of sweat, perfume, fruit juice, vinegar, or a number of other substances. Always remove pearls before using cleaning products.
- Put on pearls after applying makeup, perfume and creams
Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you’ve applied your makeup and perfume. Be sure to remove your pearl rings and bracelets first before applying hand and body creams. Perfume, makeup and creams can build up and possibly corrode your pearls.
- Wipe after wear
Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away. This dry-time will protect the string as well as the pearls.
- Clean with soap and water
Wild party? Clean filthy pearls with a mild soap and water solution. Be sure to never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents. Since standard tap water contains chlorine and other chemicals that can damage the surface of your pearls, be sure to rinse your pearls with mineral water or distilled water.
- Avoid harsh cleaners
Harsh cleaners can really damage your precious pearls. Don’t put pearl jewellery in an ultrasonic cleaner. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Anything outside of very mild soap and water is too harsh for pearls.
- Store pearls separately
Don’t store your pearls with other jewellery because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. For best results, store in it’s own protective hardcase so that the pearls can’t be crushed or scratched.
- Restring pearls frequently
Check your pearl necklaces and bracelets for damage in the string frequently. If the cord or string were to break, your pearls can be lost forever. Be sure to have your pearls restrung periodically to ensure they stay in good shape.