Friday, August 12, 2011

How to Care for Cultured and Freshwater Pearls

The beauty of the cultured and the freshwater pearl is the natural luster and shine. Preserving that luster is easy when you properly care for your pearls.  Here are some tips on how to care for your pearls so that you get the longest usage out of them so as to enjoy for many years to come.

Whether you have genuine cultured pearls or semi-precious fresh water pearls, they are a natural stone that can be easily damaged. Never allow your pearls to be in contact with sweat, vinegar, hairsprays, cosmetics, perfumes, bleaches or anything that is not natural in nature.  Before and after you wear your pearls, wipe them with a soft, damp cloth to remove any oils or dirt that can occur when wearing your pearls. Using any type of commercial jewelry cleaner will damage your pearls so only use fresh clean water when wiping them off.

Pearls are also very fragile and can easily be scratched by other hard gems such as diamonds and settings from rings or clasps from necklaces.  Store them in a soft pouch; wrap them in a soft cloth or individually in a jewelry box in its own lined compartment.  Take care to keep the clasp away from the pearl. Since pearls are a natural organic gem, they need air and moisture so they do not crack, therefore never store your pearls in a plastic bag or any sealed bag or box.

When wearing your pearls, put them on after dressing and applying any makeup so that they do not come into contact with any other chemical additive. Also make sure to remove your pearls while you are exercising as perspiration is caustic to a pearl.

If you love your pearls and wear them often, as you should, they will continue to have the beautiful shine and luster that makes the pearl a favorite gem of many women.  When caring for your necklaces, check the silk cord often for damage and wear.  You should have them re strung on a yearly basis to insure that they remain safe and the knots between the pearls remain taut.

Pearls have been a classic staple in women's jewelry for years.  Caring for your pearls only takes a few additional steps but taking he time to maintain and treat your pearls well will bring you many years of beauty to enjoy.

by Jasmine Yesak, Contributing Editor at, online retailer of quality jewelry boxes, jewelry organizers and watch boxes. Jasmine is a Jewelry Enthusiast and Organization Consultant, she writes about Jewelry Care and Jewelry Storage Tips.

1 comment:

  1. Pearls are one of the great natural jewelry that can be found. I thoroughly agree with this article and the tips mentioned for safe keeping. How pearls are stored and cared for directly effects how long they last and their condition I have seen people sell jewelry and miss out on much money due to the condition.