When you are going to wear your pearl jewelry, cosmetics should be applied before and not after the jewelry is put on. Do not wear pearls while carrying out heavy work. Take your pearl jewelry off when they might contact any possible acid or alkali substances including chlorine in swim pool, hair sprays, perfume, soap…
Some fabrics, like Shetland wool, are rough enough to scratch the pearls. Try to avoid wearing pearls with those fabrics.
After wearing, clean your pearls with a soft cloth that has been dampened in clean cool water (distilled water is suggested, for it doesn't contain too much mineral substances which can deposit on the surface of pearls and weaken the pearl luster). When not worn for extended periods, at regular intervals, the pearls should be wiped with a soft cloth dampened in clean cool water.
Do not use any brush or detergent excepting for pearls-cleaning use only to clean your pearl. Brush can scratch the pearl. Detergent may eat off the nacre of pearls.
Storing and Caring
Store your pearls in jewelry pouches, cloth bags or jewelry box. Keep them separated to avoid scratching. Pearls contain 2~4% combined water. Store them in a cool and a little bit humidity condition. Dessicant, heating source or sealed plastic bags which can make pearls dehydrated and gotten brittle will be not good for pearl storing.
The string or glue of pearl jewelry can get dirty or weak with time. Take your jewelry to jewelers for periodical restrung or fixed.
Fading and other color changing
The color of some pearls may fade or change when exposed to strong lights. In these cases, your pearl jewelry should not be exposed to strong natural and artificial light or to strong display lighting for an extended period of time.
With good wearing habit, and proper caring, high quality pearl jewelry can keep their beauty for more than decades or even hundreds of years.
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