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Apr 19, 2017

How To Clean Pearls  You shouldn’t think of pearls as delicate flowers. They were after all, born in water, and they won’t melt if they get a little wet. They can be worn and enjoyed for a lifetime with some simple practical maintenance. But pearls are one of the softer gemstones, so here are some […]

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How To Clean Pearls

 You shouldn’t think of pearls as delicate flowers. They were after all, born in water, and they won’t melt if they get a little wet. They can be worn and enjoyed for a lifetime with some simple practical maintenance. But pearls are one of the softer gemstones, so here are some simple tips to make sure they always look their best.

The best ways to think of pearls are as the icing on the cake. They are the last thing you put on, and the first thing you take off.

You shouldn’t put on lotion or hairspray while you’re wearing your pearls, their surface could be coated or damaged.

You should also take them off when you’re showering, because even though pearls did start out in water, they weren’t born with shampoo. The necklace thread they are strung on can also weaken and stretch over time, and the epoxy used on pearl earrings doesn’t enjoy getting wet either.

Speaking of the thread, you should have your pearls restrung if they wiggle on your necklace. Wiggle room could mean the thread has stretched out or gotten frail. You can bring it in to a jeweler to have it checked or restrung. Ben Bridge has you covered if you have a lifetime care plan.

When you do put your pearls away, it’s usually better to put them in a fabric bag or tissue to make sure they won’t get scratched by other metal or gemstones. Again, while they were born in an oyster or perhaps a mussel, they weren’t sharing space with diamonds at the time.

There are a few other things you shouldn’t do with pearls. You should never put them in an ultrasonic cleaner. You should never steam clean them. You should never use any harsh abrasives or chemical cleaners on them. A soft, damp cloth is all you need to clean your pearls.

But most of all, you should wear your pearls and you should enjoy them. The more life you put into your pearls the more life they will have.

Learn about the difference between saltwater pearls and freshwater pearls

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