Care Your Valuables: PEARLS
Cultured pearls are formed inside oysters. Pearls are one of the nature’s most precious and beautiful elements and known as an organic gem. Although they are beautiful, they are particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason you should treat cultured pearls with great care.
The most important way to care for your valuable pearls is “Putting your pearl jewellery on as the last thing when you have applied make up, lotions, perfume and hair sprays, never before. Don’t spray your perfume or use any lotion on the neck area where the pearl will set. Also avoid touching it when you have just applied hand cream. Likewise make pearl jewellery the first thing you remove after night out, before you clean your face & neck or use any cream.”
How to Care Pearl?
- Pearl jewellery cannot be haphazardly thrown in with the other jewellery in your armoire. Pearls have a softer surface compared to other jewellery. In fact, pearls are located in the lowest rung when it comes to hardness with diamonds being at the top. So, if you throw your pearls with other jewellery that contains sapphires, rubies, emeralds, etc. or even gold links that have sharp edges on them, you are endangering your pearls from getting scratched or damaged.
- The best thing to do is to put the pearls in a separate container. If you do not have the luxury, the time or the space to store your jewels separately, then you could get inexpensive felt or velvet pouches that you can buy in craft and fabric stores. Keep your pearls in these pouches so that they do not get scratched by harder gemstones.
- Cosmetics including perfume and hairspray should be applied before you put on any cultured pearl jewellery, otherwise the nacre or skin of pearl, can become permanently damaged.
- Wipe pearls with a soft dry cloth after wearing to remove perfume, hairspray and anything else likely to damage them.
- Don’t use any form of chemicals, as they are most likely to damage the cultured pearls.
- Cultured pearls are soft and any rough treatment such as carrying in a handbag or putting them loose in a jewellery box may also damage them. Wrap them in acid-free tissue for protection.
- Every day wear and the natural constituents of your skin can have a detrimental effect on the silk used to thread your cultured pearls.
- Besides, never keep pearls in the pink or red paper that jewellers often wrap things in- a bead of sweat or a drop of water can end up discolouring the pearls.
- Do check your pearl jewellery once in a year by any authorized person.
How to Clean Pearl:
There are a many types of jewellery cleaners that are available in the market. DON’T usethem with your pearls. Again, as said, pearls have a softer & sensitive cover in comparison to other gems. Commercial jewellery cleaners can damage the surface of your pearls and cause them to lose their lustre and beauty.
When you need to clean your pearls, the best thing to do is to clean them with a dilute solution of soap and water. This will help remove the dirt and still keep your pearls intact. For better results, use warm water when cleaning them and soak them for at least 10 minutes. Don’t leave them on too long because it can also damage the pearl and make it loose its lustre.
Another tip that will keep the pearl clean and help it keep its shine longer is to put on your perfume first before putting on the pearl. This way, you do not get any of the oil and the alcohol from the perfume directly on the pearls.
Remember to making it at last- Pearls need to be restrung at least every year or when the string they are attached to becomes frayed. Re-stringing pearls help avoid a fiasco of having your pearls rain down all over your floor with you getting on your knees looking for each individual piece. Restringing can be done by a professional; your local jeweler can probably do the job for you.