How to Take Care of Freshwater Pearls

FW Natural White Nugget Pearls
Today most pearls are cultured pearls. Stones and Findings carries a large variety of freshwater pearls in many sizes, shapes and colours. To ensure the high quality luster and colour of the pearl remains unchanged, you should be aware of the risks in cleaning freshwater pearls. Below, you will find some tips on how to safely and gently clean, polish and take care of your freshwater pearl jewelry, to ensure durability and longevity. First, it is important to remember that unlike semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls are organic.  They are created when one inserts a bead into a clam or oyster which sees this as a foreign object, and proceeds to coat it with nacre. This nacre is the patina that gives the pearl its beautiful luster. To maintain it you should follow these guidelines:

Maintaining your Pearls

  • Put your freshwater pearls on after you apply your makeup and perfume. This will ensure no foreign substance is deposited      onto the pearls, dulling the shine.
  • Always remove any freshwater pearl jewellery before applying body or hand lotion.
  • Always store your freshwater pearls individually in a soft cloth or pouch. This will ensure they won’t rub against each other, scratching the surface. If this isn’t possible, at least ensure they are not stored together with other gemstones or jewellery pieces, as this would definitely scratch your pearls.

Cleaning your Pearls

  • Before you store your freshwater pearls, make sure you wipe them with a soft cloth. Do this as soon as you remove them for the day.
  • For dirtier pearls, try cleaning them with a damp cloth. If that doesn’t work, put some mild soap in lukewarm water, and try cleaning with a soft cloth.
  • Make sure you let them dry thoroughly before storing.

Pearl Cleaning Don’ts

  • Don’t put any of your freshwater pearl jewellery in ultrasonic cleaners. While this method will likely clean any sterling silver metal on your jewellery piece, it will damage the luster of the pearl completely.
  • Don’t use any solutions that contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals around pearls.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners on your freshwater pearls or rub any of your freshwater pearl jewellery with an abrasive cloth. This will rub and scratch the pearl, leaving it lackluster.

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