How should I clean and store my pearl jewelry?
most valuable type of pearl, these gems are grown in
the Akoya oysters of Japan. They are known for their
radiance and deep luster.
mah-beh.) A pearl grown on the inside shell of an oyster.
Its hemispherical (half-round) shape allows the host
oyster to produce a larger pearl.
cultured in freshwater mollusks are generally small
and off-shape and have a cloudy luster. These pearls
come in a variety of shapes (button, coin, flat, rice,
oval) and natural colors (orange, gold, white, purple,
blue, and black).
black, white, and silver-toned pearls are grown in the
waters around Australia and Tahiti. The oysters of these
waters are large, allowing for a larger pearl (10 mm
or more) to be grown inside the oyster.
you wear your pearls frequently, you should consider washing
them approximately once a year. Although professional cleaning
is recommended, self-cleaning can also be done.
Place your pearls in a colander ( plastic ) to minimize
handling your pearls. Dip the colander several times in
a mild soap solution ( use a clear liquid soap ) ( Ivory
). Rinse thoroughly in clean water. Pour the pearls onto
a towel and allow to dry for at least 24 hours before handling
Consider having your pearls restrung after three washings.
diamonds, pearls are extremely sensitive gems. Follow this
checklist and keep your pearls beautiful for many generations.
regularly by wiping gently with a soft cloth. Pearls can
absorb perfume and skin oils as well as dirt.
on your pearls after you have applied makeup and
soak pearls in water—they may become stained or discolored
pearls annually to keep strands at their optimum strength
clean, use a mild, nondetergent soap and lukewarm water.
Let the pearls dry for several days between two soft towels.
pearls separately in their own box or soft silk pouch.
Pearls may chip or pit, so keep them away from other jewelry.
close pearls up in an airtight container. Allow them to
pearls from temperature extremes and chemicals such as
vinegar, alcohol, ammonia, and hair spray, which can erode