Pearls are the only natural gem that require no processing to be complete. There is no need for cutting, pressurizing, or shaping for their natural beauty to be observed; they emerge from their shell magically beautiful, even with their imperfections.
- Pearls are porous, and as such, their most valuable asset, their nacre (outer coating), must be protected. The thickness, luster, and luminosity of the nacre and shape of pearls, determine their quality and value. Here are ways to preserve your pearls and avoid damaging their nacre. Pearls should be placed on after putting on your perfume. Allow your perfume to completely dry before putting on your pearls. Otherwise, the alcohol in perfume will eat away at the nacre.
Gently wipe down your pearls after each wear with a soft, dry cloth.
Avoid any kind of alcohol, vinegar, makeup, or caustic substance from coming into contact with your pearls. The mild acids in these substances over time will compromise the nacre causing pearls to lose their luster.
If your pearls are exposed to such substances, immediately, but gently wipe down your pearls with a clean, soft, damp cloth.
Do not use soap or any type of cleaning agent on your pearls, just plain water.
Do not store your pearls in plastic.
Do not store your pearls with sharp objects that can scratch and or damage the surface of your pearls.
Store your pearls flat, in a soft, fiber-lined case.
Do not wear your pearls in sea-water or any type of water, shower, bath, river, lake, etc.
Handle your pearls with loving care. Store them flat. Treat them well, and they will offer you many years of joy wearing them.