Six Tips to Treasure Your Pearls
Posted on 11 December 2014
- Store Properly - Store in a jewelry box or a special case. Pay attention not to hurt pearls with hard metals. Because pearls are softer than other metals and gemstones, keeping them together may result in blemishes of pearl surface. Since they can turn yellowish when exposed to strong ray of the sun for a long time, it is recommended to store them in a jewelry box or a specialized case.
- Sweat (eww!) - Pearls are vulnerable to acid. After wearing, clean the pearls with an appropriate cloth. This is the most important care tip, because acid contained in your sweat can erode the pearl layers so the luster will be reduced. Since the acid can damage the crystallized calcium, in case pearls are accidentally exposed to vinegar or fruit juice, or sprinkled with perfume, wash immediately and wipe off with dry cloth. By wiping the pearl surface every time after you wear, you can help it maintain the lust longer.
- Periodically Change the String - For necklaces, watch the loosening of the string/band. As soon as it loosens, consult to a jewelry shop you can trust.
- Water - Don't get your pearls wet. Water can erode the pearl surface. When you leave pearls wet, water can also turn mildly acid. When you wash your hands, it will be wise to take off your pearl rings.
- Light and Heat - Be careful with strong light, high heat and dryness, Pearls are organic materials created by life. Be careful when exposed to strong light, high temperature (60 degrees C or more) and dryness. It is not recommended to wear pearls at the beach unless in shaded areas.
- Keep Pearls Clean - In case of dirtying the pearls, gently wash with mild detergent and immediately wipe off with dry cloth drying completely.