Tuesday, September 30, 2008

PEARLS and their care!

As many of you know... I love pearls!
Some of my very favorite and most precious jewelry items are pearls that have been given to me by my wonderful husband, or pearls that I have inherited from my mother and grand mother.

I love working with pearls and incorporating them in my jewelry designs. For this reason I thought that it would be good to give you a bit of info on how to care for them.

While they will last for generations it is important to take care with them and inspect them for problems. Just as you would have other jewelry inspected occasionally for wear, have your pearls looked at too.

Pearls are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you should handle them carefully to keep them safe from scratches.

Here are a few tips on caring for your pearls
  • put your pearls on after you have applied make-up and perfume.
  • You can clean your pearls with a soft, lint free cloth before and after wearing
  • If you want you can dampen the cloth. Allow the pearls to air dry before storing them in a soft container or bag that allows them to breath.
  • Take off all pearl jewelry before bathing. And, gemstone jewelry too. Shower and bath soaps are too harsh for pearls.
  • You can clean pearls with a mild soap and water solution (Ivory).
  • Never use solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
  • Pearls can not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Rubbing pearls with abrasive cleaners or clothes can wear away the nacre coating.
  • You can actually remove the coating of the pearl.
  • Don't store your pearls with other jewelry. They can be scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them. Keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another soft fabric.
  • Restring your favorite pearl necklaces and bracelets periodically so that you're sure the silk or nylon cord holding them is in good shape.
  • If you notice any problems with the clasp, cord or extra slack in the piece stop wearing it and have it checked out for problems.
  • Last, but not least... Wear your pearls! Take them out and give them some air and attention.

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