The following guidelines will help you care for your pearls and keep them looking their best.
The nacre covering the pearl is soft. It can be damaged by chemicals, acids, heat or abrasive materials.
Avoid commercial jewellery cleaners or cleaning in an Ultrasonic cleaner, steam cleaners, detergents, bleaches, baking soda, or ammonia based cleaners.
Don’t wear pearls while swimming in chlorinated pools.
Apply cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume first. Then put on your pearls.
After taking off your pearls, wipe them clean with a damp or dry soft cloth. They can be stored in a soft material bag and not plastic which will potentially dry out the pearls.
For strands of pearls, including bracelets and necklaces, the same rules of care apply addition to: For silk strung pearl strands avoid getting them wet. Silk, natural fibre stretches when it gets. If this happens, place the pearls on a moist cloth and let it dry. When the cloth is dry the pearl strand should also be dry. Check before wearing. Same applies for bracelets.
Silk strung pearl necklaces will need restringing. Over time the natural silk fibres stretch with wear. This will depend on the look of the strand and how often it is worn.
If unsure, get a professional opinion. Or inquiry at inquiries@vickiwestgatefinejewellery