Real freshwater pearls are organic gemstones. As an extremely soft gemstone with a Mohs hardness value of only 2.5, pearls need specific care to preserve their brilliance and shine over time. When not in use, maintain the beauty of your pearls by taking some easy care and upkeep methods.
Do not wear pearls when using lotions or perfumes.
To avoid rusting, marking, or discoloring the pearls, keep them away from direct contact with lotions, tanning products, perfume, and cosmetics. Over time, the glossy luster of the freshwater pearl surface will be impacted by chemical transfer. It is preferable to wipe freshwater pearls with a gentle, damp cloth to remove any residue if they have come into contact with lotion or perfumes.
Do not submerge pearls in water.
Freshwater pearls strung by hand shouldn't be worn in water (salt or fresh), since the dampness will deteriorate the silk threading. The adhesive used in the majority of pearl earrings might be impacted by water exposure as well. In addition, the chemicals present in chlorinated water will permanently tarnish the pearl's finish, leaving it dull and without luster. To prevent exposure to moisture, it is advised to take off any jewellery before taking a shower, swimming, or working out.
Wipe pearls after each usage.
Freshwater pearls earrings should be cleaned with a delicate, non-abrasive microfibre cloth after each wear. This procedure will guarantee that any natural body oils, cosmetics, and scents are removed from the pearl's surface. Over time, any remaining oils may harm the pearl's quality and color. To remove any remaining residue and make sure the pearls are totally dry, if necessary, wash them in warm, soapy water using only pure soap.
Pearls should be kept apart from other jewellery.
Freshwater pearls should always be maintained in a soft pouch or jewellery box in a cool, dry location to preserve their quality.
Check your pearls' stringing.
Freshwater pearls should be regularly checked for stringing errors and restrung as necessary. The knots between each pearl are the best indicator of whether pearls need to be restrung. Restringing the strand is necessary if the knots appear strained or ragged. Depending on how frequently they are worn, pearls need to be restrung on average every 24 months.
True investments include genuine freshwater pearls. The current pearl trend is going to stay, so it's essential and significant to follow these straightforward maintenance instructions to maintain the quality and colour of this jewellery box staple.