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How to Care For Pearls

WEARING

Leaving pearls in a jewellery box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that "pearls want to be worn".

Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. If pearls come into contact with substances such as vinegar, fruit juices or detergents, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Never expose your pearl to hair sprays, cosmetics or perfumes. Pearls do no take well to the application of these products. We suggest you wear your pearl jewellery after applying make-up and styling hair.

Don’t wear your pearls in the bath or in the shower and while playing sports as water can weaken the silk thread. It's also best to avoid direct sunlight or high temperatures such as in a sauna.

CLEANING

As the pearls are very delicate, they should only be cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in alcohol diluted with warm water or in a weak solution of soapy water.

As most pearls in Australia are strung on silk thread, great care should be taken during any cleaning process.

Don’t use vinegar, ammonia, any chlorine products or lemon juice or other acidic compound when your clean your pearl.

Ultrasonic cleanser should never be used with pearl jewellery as it can damage the pearls.

STORAGE

Always take care when mixing your pearls with other hard gemstones, gold or silver jewellery. We recommend to keep your pearls separately in silk or cotton bag.

To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a jewellery box. When carrying jewellery, use a protective jewellery pouch.

The pearl's luster can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewellery box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.

MAINTENANCE

Strands should be strung with a knot between each pearl. This will prevent loss if the string breaks and pearls from rubbing against each other.

If string stretches or loosens, it may break suddenly. All pearl necklaces and bracelets can show wear and tear after extensively being worn. Even if you don't wear your pearls often, we recommend that you have your pearls restrung every year.

If the radiance of your jewellery appears to be diminishing, take it to a specialist.