Always clean pearls remembering they are a delicate natural product, not forged by geological forces like diamonds and other rare gems.
Pearls are built up layer upon layer by the oyster to protect itself from the irritation caused by some small object which has lodged in it's shell. It is the same basic substance which is secreted by oysters and molluscs to form the inside of their shells
Pearls can be thought of an organic gemstone and are softer and more delicate, and they can therefore be more easily scratched, cracked, and damaged.
Chemicals in perfume and hair spray can dull pearls' lustre or cloud their brilliance. Even natural body oils and perspiration can have an effect on a pearl surface.
Never use anything abrasive such as a toothbrush or scourer to clean a pearl, as it will quickly dull the natural surface lustre.
Simply wash pearls with water and a couple a drops of mild soap, rinse them with clean water and pad then dry with a soft cloth.
It is best to apply perfume, hair spray, and other cosmetics before putting on your pearls to reduce the amount of these products that come into contact with the pearls. After wearing, wipe them with a soft damp cloth to remove any traces of cosmetics or body oils
Keep your pearls stored separately from other jewellery, preferably wrapped in soft cloth or in a soft-lined container, in order to minimise any damage, Remember diamonds are one of the hardest substances on earth and are used in cutting and abrasive products for that reason, so keep them away from your pearls
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