A Little Pearl TLC
The beauty of pearls lies in the unique properties of nacre. It is composed of microscopic crystals that are connected in such a way that light passing along the axis of one is reflected and refracted by the other to produce a wonderfully pleasing interplay of light and color. With care, pearls will maintain their rich, subtle beauty literally forever.
Pearl experts recommend the following:
– Cosmetics, perfumes and hair care products can dull a pearl’s luster. Apply these products before putting on pearls and do not apply them on parts of the body where they will touch your pearls.
– Wipe pearls with a soft, damp cloth after each use. From time to time they can be washed with a mild soap. Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on pearls.
– Store pearl jewelry separately from other jewelry to prevent it from being scratched. Pearl jewelry is best stored in a soft cloth pouch or a lined jewelry box.
– Pearl necklaces should be restrung periodically to prevent strand breakage. Silk thread is best and the string should be knotted between each pearl.