Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 12:01 pm by Diane
Pearls are the only gemstones found in nature that come from living animals. Comparing diamonds with a hardness of 10, pearls have a hardness of 2.5 therefore they can easily scratch.
When storing your pearls, keep them separate from other gemstone and metal jewellery to avoid damage. NEVER store your pearls in a plastic bag, as the bag can emit a chemical that will damage the surface of the pearls. The same is true of cotton wool.
Don't store your pearls in a safe deposit box for long periods of time. Like your skin, pearls need a little moisture, so they will not dry out.
Always apply perfume, hair products and cosmetics before putting on your pearl jewellery. A good rule is when dressing; pearls should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
For routine care, it's best to wipe cultured pearls with a very soft, clean cloth after each wearing. Once you notice the silk string discoloring it is time for restringing!