Quality pearls can be very durable, but proper care is required to keep them beautiful and lustrous.When caring for your pearls, there are several important things to remember.

Pearls should always be wiped gently with a warm, damp cloth to remove body oils or dirt
as it can discolor the pearls) before putting them away.

Periodically wash pearls with mild, detergent-free soap and a soft cloth. After washing, rinse the pearls in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry. If pearls are especially dirty, wipe them with acetone polish remover. Acetone will not hurt pearls, BUT do not use jewelry cleaners containing ammonia or vinegar.

Pearls should always be stored separately from other jewelry as it may scratch or mar the pearls’ surface.Take the time to wrap the pearls in linen, soft cloth, or place them in a soft pouch.Pearls require moisture – do not store pearls in a plastic bag or other airtight package.An excessively dry environment may result in cracking. If placing the pearls in a safety deposit box or in an especially hot environment, leave a damp cloth nearby.

Always keep pearls away from substances that will damage the pearls surface like chlorine bleach, vinegar, ammonia, hairspray, perfume, and cosmetics. Put pearls on last after spraying perfume or hairspray and putting on makeup. Remove pearls before exercising to avoid perspiration.

Restring pearls once a year if worn often. Have it professionally done and be sure to ask to have each pearl knotted separately (unless they are small), so they do not rub together and wear on the pearl nacre.