How to care for pearl jewelry

If you are lucky enough to own natural pearls you need to know how to take care of them to ensure they are well preserved. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pearls glistening.

Wear them

Pearls will retain their luster and beauty for longer if worn frequently as the oils produced by the skin will enhance them. Storing them away in a dark box will make them look dull. Make sure you wear your pearls last after applying make-up, perfumes and hairspray as contact with these will harm the pearl.

Give them a rest

Remove them the first thing at night and place them in s soft pouch by themselves away from other items of jewelry which could scratch them.

Clean them

Wipe them clean with a soft cloth after every use. Do not wear them if you expect to sweat a lot or plan to go swimming as the sweat and chlorine will react and discolor the pearls. Wash them with warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly with a soft cloth and make sure they are completely dry before storing them.

If you notice any discoloration, consults a professional and have it restored back to its original glory.