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How to care for your cultured pearls

Pearls are very soft and need special care. They never should be tossed on top of or next to other gems in a jewelry box. Store them in a jewelry pouch.

Some people's skin is more acid than others. If a pearl necklace is regularly worn, as it should be, some of the pearls will constantly be in close contact with the woman's skin on her neck. The pearls in the necklace will gradually absorb acid from the skin and the acid will slowly eat into the spherical pearl. Over time the pearl will not only lose its luster, but will become barrel-shaped. By wiping the pearls with a soft cloth after wearing them, you can slow this process.

Besides, pearls are easily damaged by chemicals like perfume, vinegar and lemon juice. Heat can turn pearls brown or dry them out and make them crack. Dry air can also damage pearls. Most safe deposit vaults have very dry air and can damage pearls.

When taking off a pearl ring, grasp the shank, or metal part, rather than the pearl. This will prevent the pearl from loosening and coming into contact with skin oil on your hand.

Because of their delicate nature, special care must be taken when cleaning.

Only use jewelry cleaners labeled as safe for pearls. Many of commercial jewelry cleaners contain ammonia, which will cause deterioration.

•Never use an ultrasonic cleaner.

• Never steam-clean pearls.

•Avoid wearing pearls with rough fabrics like Shetland wool.

•Have your pearls restrung once a year if you wear them often.

•Never use toothbrushes, rough materials or abrasive materials to clean pearls.

•Do not wear pearls when their string is wet. Wet strings stretch and attract dirt, which is hard to remove.

•Never use (or expose pearls) to dish or wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex).

•Take your pearls off when make-up, or when showering or swimming.

•Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect.

Do not hang pearls to dry. After washing your pearls, lay they flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry. When the towel is dry, your pearls should be dry.

Storing Your Pearls
Storing your pearl jewelry can be tricky. Following some recommended guidelines in that will guarantee you their long life. Store each individual piece by itself so it does not come into contact with other pieces. Pearls can get brittle and crack ,if they become dehydrated. As a result, they should not be kept near heaters or in places that get strong sunlight, such as on a window sill. A very good decision would be if you keep each pearl necklace in the box or bag, in which it comes. Most of the time, these accessories do incredible job in protecting your pearl jewelry from scratching and getting dirty.

Since pearls are soft, they should be kept in something that will protect them from scratches. Jewelry pouches or cloth bags are ideal. Store your pearl necklace right and it will keep bringing your smile, joy, and memories back every time you open the box!

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