The luster of pearl jewelry is enchanting. Whether it’s a pearl necklace or a pair of pearl earrings, you can’t help but admire their glow. Whether you’ve purchased your pearl jewelry or received it as a gift, it’s important to take care of it to ensure it lasts a lifetime. The care and cleaning of them can be a challenge. If you are not very careful, you will end up with damaged jewelry. But never fear, the following tips will help you learn how to go about this daunting task.
Normal Care of Pearls
After wearing pearls for the day, just gently wipe them with a lint free soft cloth before putting them away. This will remove any makeup or perfume residue and ensure that they won’t need too much cleaning alter. The cloth can either slightly damp or dry, but if you use one with moisture, be sure to air dry the jewelry before storing it.
Cleaning Dirty Pearls
Do not use ultrasonic cleaners on pearl jewelry. They are far too harsh on such delicate material. Also be very careful of cleaners with ammonia, and abrasive cleaners. Use very warm water and a really mild detergent such as Ivory Flakes. Gently immerse the pearls and swirl them. Do not use anything to rub them, as this can remove the finish. With faux pearls, you must be especially careful. There is a product called “Jewelry Joose” which is fairly effective. It comes in a spray bottle and you can direct the spray to just the few pearls that are dirty and then carefully rinse. With faux pearls, if you are not very careful, you will find the coating will completely come away and it will pit very easily from any friction. You can also take your pearls to a jeweler who specializes in cleaning pearl jewelry.
How to dry Pearls
Lay the pearls on an clean soft cloth to dry. You can lightly fold over a layer of the cloth and gently press to dry a little more quickly, but do not rub. Be sure that the pearls are completely dry before putting them away. The cord that pearls are strung on can be damaged if it stays wet in storage.
By all means, wear and enjoy your pearl jewelry. With a few common sense tips and gentle care, you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.