Caring for your pearls, and mother-of-pearl jewellery, with our easy Dos and Donts. Note that we have made it really simple for you. The below covers any type of pearl / mother-of-pearl and any piece of pearl / mother-of-pearl jewellery.
The Enduring Appeal of Pearls
Pearls have always been highly prized, for their rarity and their mesmerising lustre but also for their symbolism and their beauty benefits. They are often heirloom pieces, carrying with them history in addition to financial value.
Natural or cultured, from salt water or fresh water, they are all considered biominerals. They are formed by living organisms, which create layers of nacre. That nacre is the outer surface of a pearl or the inner shell of some molluscs from which mother-of-pearl is carved.
Because of the way they are formed, pearls and mother-of-pearl are considered very soft materials, prone to scratches and abrasion. However, with a little care, you will keep them beautiful for longer.
Our simple 3-step clean guide
First Step – After every wear
Wipe with a very soft clean cloth. This will help prevent any buildup of oils or other residue, and will clean without scratching the beautiful fragile surface.
Second Step – Only as needed
Clean with a soft damp cloth. For a more thorough clean, use a soft cloth and a little lukewarm soapy water. Remove any soap residue with a fresh soft damp cloth.
Third Step – Before storing or putting back on
Let to dry all the way.
Before any cleaning
Check the integrity of your jewellery. For strung necklaces and bracelets, you want to make sure that the string is still firmly holding all the pearls. For earrings, rings and any other design, check that the pearls are still firmly held in position. In case of doubt, ask your jewellery.
Pearl necklaces should be stored flat to prevent them from stretching.
Pearls and mother-of-pearl should be stored separately from your other jewellery, in soft pouches, so as to prevent scratches.
Wear your pearls often. Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wearing them frequently keeps them from drying out.
Never use a steam or ultrasonic jewellery cleaner as it risks damaging the outer layer of the pearl.
Nevery use any abrasive to clean your pearls / mother-of-pearl or you will scratch the surface.
Avoid high heat as it will burn cultured pearls or cause discoloration, splitting, or cracking. This can occur when regularly leaving your jewellery by a sunny window, a hot radiator, a source of high intensity light, or if you wear you jewellery in a sauna / spa environment.
Do not use any chemicals and acids or the lustre will be permanently damaged and come dull. The list includes makeup, hairspray, lotions, perfume, and even perspiration. Always put your jewellery last and do not wear it at the swimming pool!