I don’t own a lot of pearl jewelry… I have a gold South Sea pearl pendant from A, a pair of matching studs (a generous Christmas gift from one of my good friends), and a string of princess-length white pearls from A’s super thoughtful and generous mom.
At a very young age, I was meant to believe that one should not purchase pearls on their own as it would bring them bad luck (go figure!). But I blocked that out of my head and went ahead and bought some pieces (mostly earrings) a few years ago.
Because my love for diamonds beats my affinity for pearls, I tend to forget I own them. The other day I re-organized my jewelry box (I have a separate one just for pearls) and realized I should celebrate its beauty and wear them more often.
Here are some tips on pearl care, courtesy of Jewelmer:
- Pearls are very resilient and their quality is durable but proper care is necessary to keep them lustrous and beautiful.
- Being organic in nature, pearls can show signs of deterioration overtime. Certain ingredients such as hairspray, perfume or other cosmetics that contain chemical substances, or acidity of the body coming from sweat and body oils, can dull the luster of pearls. Should these substances come into contact, just wipe your pearls with a soft damp cloth. If make-up and perfume accumulate, a very mild soap may be used.
- To minimize exposure to chemicals, pearls should be the last thing you put on after dressing in the morning, after you have applied perfume, lotion, etc. on your body, and the first accessory you take off at night when undressing.
- Remove your pearls before performing strenuous exercise or work that could result in damaged jewelry.
- The best advice is to wear your pearls often because the air and the moisture of your body keep the pearls hydrated and prevent them from deterioration. Moreover, the symbiosis between the pearls and the woman adorning them brings out their natural glow and in turn gives the wearer a radiant look.
- Do not keep your pearls in plastic containers or in the vault for long periods of time because pearls need moisture. If the environment is too dry, the pearls may crack. So if you need to leave them in the vault, be sure to leave a small glass of water inside to provide moisture.
- Keep pearl jewelry in separate containers from other jewelry so that harder stones like diamonds do not scratch the pearl’s surface.
- When traveling you should isolate your pearl jewelry in a soft jewelry bag, or wrap your jewelry in linen handkerchief to protect it from scratches and damage.
- Restringing pearl strands that are worn often should be done at least once a year.