Natural and cultured pearls are created by oysters in the ocean and freshwater. When an irritant is introduced to the oyster, the oyster compensates by coating it with a nacre that is a combination of aragonite, conchiolin, and water, creating a pearl.
Pearls are made of organic material and are a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. These are delicate pieces that need special, but not complicated, care.
PEARL CARE TIPS
- Always put your pearls last, and take them off first.
- Always apply your skin lotion, make-up, cosmetics, perfume, cologne, and hairspray before you put on any pearl jewelry.
- After removing your pearls, always wipe them with a soft and clean cloth in order to remove oils and perspiration.
- Avoid any chemicals, harsh cleaners and acids. Never wear your pearls while showering or swimming.
- However, pearls need moisture to maintain their luster. Wear them often, they will get enough moisture from your skin and the air. Pearls are not suitable for long-term storage in plastic bags, safes or safe deposit boxes.
- Store your pearls separately to avoid scratches. A silk bag is ideal.
CLEANING YOUR PEARLS
- Never put your pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner.
- Never put your pearls in a steam cleaner.
- Do not use brushes or rough material to clean your pearls.
- To clean, wipe gently with a clean damp cloth. Dry with a clean soft cloth. Lay flat and allow to dry completely before storing.
- To deep clean a pearl necklace, add a small amount of a mild detergent dedicated for soft fabrics or a gentle dishwasher liquid to a quart of warm water. Make sure lemon, baking soda or vinegar are not at all indicated. Immerse the pearls in this solution for maximum 15 seconds. Don’t exceed the soaping time. Dry with a soft cloth and lay flat. Store only when the pearl string is completely dry.