About pearls. How to care about pearls

Your pearl earrings, pendants, ring, brooches and, in particular - necklaces and bracelets require special attention and care. Pearls, either freshwater or saltwater, cultured or “wild”, are gemstones of organic origin. They are much softer than rubies, topazes and amethysts. Pearls are not as strong and resistant to mechanical damage, like other gemstones. Therefore, concerns about the safety of pearls are started even before they arrive to buyer: pearls in necklace are individually knotted. This is performed not only to ensure that in case of break occur do not lose more than one bead. Knotting also prevents possible damage from the pearls rubbing against each other; in the necklaces, where the pearls are not knotted, the areas of abrasion appear soon.

Below are few tips to help you take good care of your beautiful pearls:

 
Pearl Care Do`s

  • Store pearls separately from other jewellery, in a case or box, inlaid with a soft cloth
  • As well as pearls need moisture, just wear them from time to time. They will take the right amount of air moisture
  • However, in contact with skin pearls not only get the necessary amount of moisture, but still exposed with acid sweat. Wipe pearls regularly with a damp cloth, dropping on her olive oil
  • Pearls are porous; they can absorb substances which may cause harm. Wear pearls only after use of hair spray, deo sprays, perfumes, creams, lotions, repellents, etc.
  • If the pearls pick up dirt, wipe them with wet tissue. If the dirt is very strong, you can use toilet soap, and thoroughly wash with water. After rinsing let necklace or bracelet dry for a day on a soft cloth. When cloth dry out, pearls can be took away for storage.
  • Before bathing, swimming in the pool, take the pearls off: chlorated water and bleach can make harm.
  • Acids are also harmful to pearls. Be careful even with the lemon juice
  • Re-string pearl necklaces and bracelets every 2-3 years if you wear them on occasion. If you wear them several times a week, preferably to re-string them at least once a year.
  • Be especially careful with Akoya pearls. They have a thin layer of nacre (particularly – A-graded pearls), and can be cracked even occasionally. This especially applies to Akoya's bracelets.

 
Pearl Care Don`ts

  • Do not use for cleaning pearls: sodium carbonate, washing detergents, powders for cleaning, ammonium compounds
  • Do not use liquids for cleaning jewellery, unless they are specifically indicated for pearls. However, even in case it is a “special liquid for pearls”, keep in mind that first of all it is a marketing trick to drain your purse
  • Do not use brushes, rough sponges, abrasive powders
  • Do not dry the necklaces and bracelets in hanging position
  • Do not wear necklaces and bracelets after washing, if they have not dried up
  • Do not use ultrasonic washing machine.
  • Do not store pearls near heat sources, do not leave it for a long time under direct sunlight. This can lead to discoloration, or even cracking
  • Do not buy "special" cleaning solutions "for pearls." They do not have any advantage over toilet soap
  • Do not try to clean pearls with bran. Recommendations for the use of bran for cleaning of leather are periodically transferred to the care of pearls. In both cases, you most probably will not reach the desired result. In addition, fine particles of bran flour may remain unwashed from nacreous layer and pearls can simply fade.
  • Do not use one of the methods for determining the genuineness of pearls, which are frequently proposed by glamorous magazines and internet forums. Do not let loose pearl bounce off the floor. In fact, a real pearl will bounce higher than a fake. But if nucleus-free freshwater pearls, passes through this process relatively easy, then Akoya pearls, Tahitian and South Seas may crack.
  • Do not try to recover lost lustre, by processing the pearls with solutions of acids, even weak. As best scenario, you will not get any effect, as worst - spoil pearls forever.

 

Properly careed pearls give happiness for a long time, not only you but also your children and grandchildren that you commit to it.

All recommendations given for pearls are valid for corals. Corals are close by the composition to pearls, and require the same care.
Care for jewellery with simulated pearls does not predict to follow above mentioned recommendations, but they certainly should be protected from mechanical damage (scratches, bumps, e
tc)

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