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Caring for Your Precious Pearls

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Pearls have been a staple in women’s wardrobes for hundreds of years and one tradition that continues today is passing down these precious strands from generation to generation. The passing on of a family heirloom such as a strand of pearls is a priceless gift, perfect to mark important milestones such as graduations and weddings.

If you have pearls that one day you would like to pass on or if you just want them to last a lifetime, follow these tips to take care of your strands.

Pearls are resilient and meant to be worn, but they are also delicate and require proper care. With ongoing attention, your pearls will last for generations.  We recommend that pearls strands be restrung every two years.  If you wear your pearls often and notice any signs of wear on the knots, please let us examine your pearls to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment. We offer restringing services to keep your pearls in optimal condition.

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Pearls are exceptionally shock-resistant, but may be scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a compartmentalized jewelry box. When carrying jewelry, use a protective jewelry pouch.

Leaving pearl jewelry in a security box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that “pearls want to be worn,” and it is true!

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Be careful not to dip pearl strands in water or wear them while bathing, as water can weaken the silk thread. It’s also best to avoid direct sunlight or high temperatures such as in a sauna. If pearls come into contact with substances such as vinegar, fruit juices or detergents, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth. Ultrasonic cleanser should never be used with pearl jewelry as it can damage the pearls.

For daily care, remember that pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity.  To preserve your pearls’ radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume.  Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair. The pearl’s luster can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.

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