A Care and Maintenance Guide for Your Precious Pearls

Pearls are deemed classic, feminine and iconic. They are a timeless piece in any woman’s jewelry collection that adds more gracefulness to anyone wearing them. No matter if it is vintage, retro or contemporary, pearls are always loved by almost everyone. But as lustrous as they are, fragility is in their nature too. Hence, they must be cleaned and looked after to increase their longevity. Refer to this guide by Atelier Lou when doing the same.

 

  • When wearing your pearls

 

When you are getting dressed, pearls are the last item you put on yourself. The substances you put on your skin like moisturizers, makeup, creams, and perfumes may ruin the natural luster of your pearls over time. Your pearls should also be the first piece of jewelry to be taken off when you are undressing. Never wear your pearls when you are swimming, showering or exercising. Never cook when having your pearls on. They are susceptible to ruin by even mild acids like fruit juices, lime juice, and vinegar.

 

  • How to clean

 

After you take them off, always wipe the pearls before you store them. Ensure to do that with a soft cloth in order to avoid scratches. You can also use mild soap and water solution to clean the pearls off. Avoid using harsh cleaners that contain ammonia. Never dip your pearls in any kind of liquid as this could weaken the string that holds the pearls together.

 

  • Storing them correctly

 

Avoid storing them with other jewelry pieces or else they may get scratched with other gemstones or metals. Always keep your pearls in a separate compartment or box. Always make sure that the clasps are fastened so that they don’t get tangled or scratched. Always store them in a velvet, silk or suede pouch or cloth. Never store them in any kind of plastic material as they emit a chemical that ruins the gemstone. Never expose them directly to the sun. Always keep them away from the top of a TV or a gas stove. Never store them in any kind of enclosed spaces for prolonged periods of time as the lack or air flow will dry them out. 

 

  • Restring them every now and then

 

If the strand looks dark, understand that it is getting old and weak, replace it immediately or you may end up breaking it. If the pearls are loose, then you may be able to see tiny knots between each pearl. Knotting is done because if the strand breaks, the knots will not let the pearls fall off. Another reason is that each pearl is given its own space to not let them rub against each other and cause chips and scratch. If the pearls are lose, then the cord has become thin and stretched out.