Pearls are delicate objects. Take special care in cleaning and storing them to keep your pearls beautiful for years to come.
Keep Them Clean. The best way to keep your pearls looking beautiful is to keep them from getting dirty in the first place. Apply lotion and perfume and give a chance to dry before donning your pearls. These oils can make your pearls grimy and dull.
Clean Carefully. Start by buffing your pearls with a soft jewelry cloth. You should do this each time you wear them. This may be enough to clean them and remove any buildup of dirt or oil. However, if pearls need a deeper clean, dampen the cloth and add a small amount of gentle soap, such as a facial cleanser for delicate skin, or dip into a mixture of Ivory flakes and water. Dry the pearls carefully and allow a few minutes to air dry before replacing them in your jewelry box.
Store Safely. Since pearls can scratch easily, store them away from your other jewelry. Each piece should be store separately in a piece of lint-free cloth or jewelry bag.
Pearl No-Nos. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleansers on pearls. If grime or residue can’t be removed with a gentle soap, take them to a jewelry store for a professional cleaning. Use only soft, lint-free cloths when cleaning. Remove pearls when exercising to keep them free of perspiration. And never use an ultrasonic cleaner on your pearls.
Follow these simple care instructions and your pearls will remain luminous and lustrous for as long as you have them.
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