Learn how to clean and preserve your pearls Jewelry 09/12/2020
Authentic pearls are highly durable, but also extremely delicate. The organic origin of these makes them have a limited life. Experts speak of about 200 years, although it is also true that we have come across specimens of various centuries old.
However, and like everything in this life, pearls also require a series of guidelines for their care and storage so that they always look nice and shiny. Our experts in jewels They will tell you in this article how to do it, because curiously, preserving pearls, whether cultured or natural, is a lot easier than you you believe.
Japan, leading pearl producer
Surely you know that pearls are the only gems that are found inside mollusks, either in fresh or salty waters, but what today it is very difficult to achieve since only one in ten thousand mollusks will produce a pearl.
It is for this simple reason that they are so valuable. But of course there is the problem that they are also one of the most important jewels defendants, and in view of their insufficiency, at the beginning of the XIX century existed an overexploitation in the market in which most pearls are now cultured Japan being the main pearl producer in the world.
2. How to clean the pearls?
Have you never heard that saying that goes like this?: 'the last thing one wears when leaving home, and the first thing to take off as soon as you arrive is the pearl necklace' ... do you know why? Why pearls are damaged by the slightest contact of creams, self-tanners, lacquers, perfumes ..., so it is always advisable to apply all kinds of cosmetics a while before putting on the pearls, whether they are bracelets, earrings, necklaces, ... and the first thing you have to take off as soon as you pass the threshold of your door. We also recommend that if you buy them in a jewelry store, online auction or traditional, before you follow the processes that we tell you in this article.
Once removed just clean them with a soft cloth (a chamois for glasses, a jeweler's cloth, ...), slightly moistened with mineral water to eliminate the few remains that may have remained in them, as as you see in the image above. In case they get too dirty, simply applying neutral soap as gently as possible is enough. What you can never use are brushes, scourers, sponges Plastic, ... since pearls scratch very easily.
Some things to keep in mind for the correct conservation of the same is do not use them with other jewelry or clothing made with coarse fabrics, in order to avoid rubbing and scratching. Likewise, for very cool that are do not bathe in spas, swimming pools, beaches & hellip; because that contact with water and the products that are thrown on it can will damage the nacar and eventually the pearls will crack. And of course, don't even think about doing physical exercise since pearls are very sensitive to the acids that are found in our perspiration.
3. And how to store them
Knowing how to care for pearls, apart from cleaning them, also includes know keep them, that the other part is equal and even more important for its best conservation.
The first thing you should know is that you are never going to keep your pearls in the typical airtight plastic bag because we go back to the same you can cause scratches, in addition that pearls need constant contributions of new air to maintain a certain degree of humidity. The perfect bag is a silk bag , and yes For whatever reason, you are going to store other types of jewelery, do not forget to separate the pearls by wrapping them in a silk or velvet scarf.
Surely, by common sense you keep jewelry well in a jeweler or you have them on some kind of special jewelry holder, but nevertheless, pearls, especially necklaces, should be kept flat and separate from the rest of the pieces that you have to once again avoid those scratches.
Also, you should know that you should never store the pearls near sources of cold or heat as that can spoil the pearl and crack them.
And to conclude another of the important things is that if you know that you are not going to use the pearls again in a certain time you have to let them breathe, because due to its organic origin and liquid habitat where they originated make them need that contact with the external humidity.
Now that you know how to keep them, make your pearls look with intensity.