Because of their delicate nature Pearls should always be cared for with caution. Always put Pearls on after soap, make-up, lotions and hair products have been applied. A good reminder is that when getting ready, the very last thing one should do is put on one’s Pearls.It is also wise to avoid any chemicals, even jewelry cleaners. Nothing more than mild soapy water and a soft cloth should be used for cleaning Pearls. They should be re-strung periodically to ensure the cord holding them is sturdy. Lastly, store Pearls away from other jewelry as Pearls can too easily become scratched or worn down by metals and other gemstones.
After every wear, wipe your pearls with a soft cloth.
This will help prevent any buildup of oils or other substances that may have come in contact with your jewelry throughout the day.
Clean with a damp cloth only
If your pearls are visibly stained, you can mix a solution of lukewarm water and mild dish soap, dip a soft cleaning cloth in it and wipe the pearls. Do NOT submerge a pearl necklace in water, as it will weaken the silk thread.
Let them dry all the way
Again, this helps preserve the elasticity of the silk strand.
Take them to your jeweler
once a year.
While you want to wear your pearls often to keep them hydrated, all that body oil doesn't do the silk thread any favors. Make sure to have your jeweler check the integrity of your pearl bracelets and necklaces once a year. They can also give them a thorough, safe cleaning..
Pearl Maintenance Tips
Pearls are commonly passed down to become a treasured family heirloom. Make sure your pearls last long enough to achieve heirloom status by following these maintenance tips:
Last on, first off
Pearls should be the final touch to your outfit. Avoid applying makeup, hairspray, lotion or perfume once your pearls are on.
Store them flat
While it's perfectly acceptable for most necklaces to be hung on a cute jewelry rack, your pearl strands should not be. Store pearl necklaces flat to prevent them from stretching.
Dedicate a space just for your pearls.
Soft pearls are prone to scratches, so store them separately in fabric-lined compartments.
Wear your pearls often
Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wearing them frequently keeps them from drying out. Easiest. Advice. Ever.