Caring for Your Natural and Cultured Pearls

Caring for Your Natural and Cultured Pearls
Pearls are nature’s jewels and they have been delighting women through the ages. Even today, the popularity of pearls has not diminished. Now you can find cultured pearls in fabulous colors of the rainbow like lavender, brown, grey and black for beautiful accompaniment to your fashion style. Caring for your natural and cultured pearls is something that we need to do so that we can enjoy them for a lifetime and even pass them to the next generation.

Caring for your pearls is really not difficult but there some tips and trick that you may want to know so that the luster and shine we love remains. Here are a few things you can do:

• Never allow your pearls to come into contact with sprays, perfumes, cosmetics, oils and similar irritants
• Never use any kind of commercial cleaner on your pearls
• Do not exercise while wearing your pearls as perspiration can discolor them
• Pearls keep their luster from being worn and loved but you also want to wipe off your pearls before and after wearing to remove dirt and natural oils
• Store your pearls in a silk pouch or in a fabric lined compartment of your jewelry case, separate from other jewelry
• Make sure that the clasps from bracelets or necklaces and posts from earrings are not in contact with the actual pearls. Each piece should have its own storage pouch
• Never store your pearls in any kind of plastic bag as they need air and moisture to remain lustrous and not crack
• Pearls are strung on natural silk cords so make sure that you check the knots before wearing and if you wear your pearls often, have them restrung every year or two

It takes just a few minutes to care for your natural and cultured pearls properly. Making sure your pearls are well cared for will bring you years of enjoyment.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have pearls which I keep in silk pouches, but I did not know about keeping clasps, etc. separate so as not to scratch the pearls. I probably should wear them more often since they need some more contact with the skin in order to remain lustrous.

    • The clasp on your necklace is okay but some will place earrings, rings or other pieces from the same set into 1 pouch. Each piece should have it own pouch.

  2. Thanks for useful information — I love pearls and thought knew how to take care, but I found some new for me

  3. If only I had real pearls….or diamonds…I need some new friends!
    Thanks for the tips.

  4. Sherry Compton says:

    Thanks. Great tips and some things I hadn’t thought about. I hadn’t considered about when I put on lotion or perfume and wear pearls or about having them restrung. That’s a big one, too. I want to keep them in good shape, and I would hate for them to break.

  5. Thanks for the tips! I have a pair of my grandmothers pearls and I would love to keep them looking great for years to come.

  6. I try not to get sprays or creams on any of my jewelry and do pretty good with the rest of this list. I didn’t know about storing the clasp separate from the pearls though.

  7. Sandy Cain says:

    I love pearls, but as you pointed out, they need a bit of pampering. Never put them in the ultrasonic cleaner, like you might with gold/diamonds. Also, as regard to sprays – always put your pearls on LAST – after you’ve used your hairspray, perfume etc. This way they can’t be marred by the mist.