Pearl jewelry exudes an aura of purity and elegance around itself. However, the capricious pearls require a thorough care and good storage conditions. Their surface is easily scratched, while thin layers of aragonite tend to cloud over time and turn yellow. To keep the luster and purity of color for a long time, pearls require nothing but careful treatment.
Peculiarities of storage
The ideal place for storing your pearl jewelry is in a separate box, lined inside with a soft material, such as silk. It is important to keep the room air dry. This may result in reduction of moisture in the pearl, and the individual crystals of aragonite will begin to flake off. Pearls must not be exposed to the direct rays of the sun. It is advisable to place a bowl of water near the pearls during the warm period. As the water evaporates, it will maintain an optimum level of humidity.
How to wear pearls
The surface of pearls is spoilt by contact with common substances, such as creams, perfume, decorative cosmetics, and even tobacco smoke. That is why you may wear the jewelry only after the creams have soaked in. You must also do your best to keep your pearls away from perfume and aerosol sprays.
It is good for precious organic minerals to be worn often. This way they will be enriched with moisture from the skin and will keep their luster longer. However, it is advisable not to wear pearls for walks under the bright sun or in very windy weather. It is also recommended to remove your jewelry before swimming, especially in chlorinated water.
Care of your pearls
Always gently wipe your pearls with a soft, moistened cloth after removing your jewelry. This will clean the surface from micro particles of sweat, creams, and dust. If there is any visible dirt on the surface of your pearl jewelry, wash it in soapy foam and then wipe it with a damp cloth. Excessive alkaline or acid substances have a negative impact on pearls, so it is recommended that you use children’s soap without artificial fragrances.
Pearls in the box should not be closed until they have dried completely. You must first dry them for 1-2 hours at room temperature.
It is also important to keep in mind that the structure of sea pearls is somewhat different from river pearls or those grown artificially. And if one kind will tolerate the procedure of cleaning by aggressive means, the other will be spoiled. That is why we do not recommend trying to remove stains at home using saline or acid solutions. The exact proportions of the solution for each specific type and degree of contamination know the experts. But their services will not be required if the owner of pearl jewelry will simply follow the above simple recommendations.
The main thing is:
- After removing jewelry, wipe your pearls with a moistened soft cloth,
- If they are very dirty, rinse them in soapy lather and wipe with a cloth (baby soap).
- Do not cover the pearls in the box until they are completely dry.
- Do not use aggressive solutions to clean the pearls.