Caring for your Pearls
Because cultured pearls are an organic gemstone they are slighty different from other gemstones and precious metals. They are softer and more delicate and they can therefore be more easily scratched, cracked and damaged. In addition substances such as perfume and hair spray -- and even natural body oils and perspiration -- can dull pearls' lustre or cloud their brilliance.
For these reasons your pearls may require a bit of special care. It's a good idea for example, to apply perfume, hair spray and other cosmetics before putting on your pearls. In this way you can minimise the amount of these products that come into contact with the pearls. After wearing your pearls wipe them with a soft, damp cloth to remove any traces of cosmetic products or body oils.
Wash the pearls periodically with a mild soap and a soft cloth to remove any accumulated build-up. Because of their delicacy pearls should be stored separately away from hard jewellery items to prevent scratches or other damage. If possible store them wrapped in soft cloth or in a soft-lined container, pouch or jewellery box.
To prevent strand breakage it's a good idea to have your pearls restrung periodically -- perhaps once a year or so if you wear them often. Knotting the strand between each pearl will prevent all of the pearls from falling off the strand in the event the strand breaks. Also knotting prevents the pearls from rubbing against each another and causing damage.
A little bit of care can go a long way toward insuring that your pearls remain safe and bright for years to come!