- Pearls should be kept in a safe place away from extreme cold or warmth. You can wear them with other jewelry, but don’t store them in a shared box because they scratch easily. Put them away in a separate box with a soft, pillowy interior or just wrap them in linen.
- Make sure the pearl necklaces are untangled and laid flat in their casing to avoid the pearls rubbing against each other
- Don’t wrap your pearls in a plastic bag – they need contact with moisture to maintain their luster and thickness
- Only use cleaners and solutions that are specially meant for pearl jewelry. Most cleaners are way too rough and coarse for pearls and, instead of helping, will only damage them
- The thought of using clothes or dish detergents, bleach of any kind, cleaners containing ammonia, powder cleaners or even baking soda, shouldn’t even cross your mind
- You can use warm water and soap to clean them, but stay away from the toothbrush or any abrasive pads. Instead, wipe them out with a clean and soft fabric that can be either slightly damp or dry. If you used water, make sure the pearls are dry before you deposit them safely. A final wipe with a delicate cotton towel will do the job.
- Using just a bit of olive oil on the fabric you clean them with, will help your pearls keep their shine
- Be careful not to wet the pearls' string. If you do, make sure it’s dry before wearing them, otherwise it’s going to stretch and gather dirt that’s not going to be easy to get rid of without replacing it all together
- Believe it or not, acetone can be used to remove stains from pearls so you can do that with your acetone nail polish remover
- Pearl earrings should be laid flat after cleaning on a soft cloth and not hanged to dry
- Pearl jewelry should not, under any circumstances, be steam cleaned.
- If you’re thinking about using an an ultrasonic cleaner on the pearls, don’t!
- Don’t wear the pearls while applying perfume, lotion or moisturizing cream. They shouldn’t come in contact with substances that can damage their luster and color.
- Avoid wearing your pearl jewelry over clothes made out of harsh fabrics: rough wool, other accessories made of metal or wood layered in a way that can scratch the pearls
- Don’t bathe, shower or swim with your pearls on
- Have your pearl necklaces restrung by someone who knows what he’s doing once in a while (especially if you wear them all the time).
If you think you won’t be able to clean them properly because they’re in such a bad shape, you can always take them to a professional jeweler to do it for you. If you do have a special solution created to clean pearls you will manage for sure. Don’t forget to dry them off after cleaning by laying them flat on a slightly damp towel – once that is dry, your pearls should be dry too.
How do you feel about pearl and jewelry in general?