I love working with Freshwater Pearls because each Pearl in a strand has it’s own unique shape, tone & lustre.
When cared for & stored properly, good quality Pearls should last for years & some may even be handed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.
If you own Pearl Jewellery these 4 easy care tips will help keep your Freshwater Pearl jewellery looking its best for years.
- Apply perfumes, lotions & powders before putting on your Freshwater Pearls because even occasional exposure to these can erode the outer surface of Pearls.
After removing them, gently wipe your Pearls with a soft damp cloth. This will help remove any dust, hairspray, perfume, perspiration or other types of residue which over time, can build up & form a dirty gray or yellow film over your Pearls.
This film is difficult to remove, is highly visible on White & Cream Pearls & will eventually erode the outer layer of your Freshwater Pearls.
- To avoid surface damage, store Pearl jewellery separately from your other jewellery pieces. Direct contact with metal surfaces can cause the outer layer of your Pearls to become scratched, scraped & pitted.
Once a Pearls’ surface is damaged it cannot be repaired & speaking from experience, finding a replacement single Pearl for a pair of earrings is very difficult indeed!
- Freshwater Pearl necklaces and bracelets are traditionally strung on silk thread with small knots between each Pearl. Over time & with wear Silk thread will perish which may result in your jewellery not only breaking, but the loss of some of your Pearls.
To prevent sudden breakage & loss take your Pearls to a jeweller who can check the integrity of the Silk thread & if necessary re-string it for you.
I hope you find these easy care tips for Freshwater Pearls helpful.
If you have any other care or storage tips for Freshwater Pearl jewellery, share them in the comments below.