Pearls - The Only Organic Gem
Ask Your Family Jeweler - March 2012 Edition
Because pearls are the only organic gem, they require more specialized care than other items in your jewelry box. To ensure that your pearls last for generations, here are some things to consider:
Many items that are used on a daily basis can be damaging to pearls, so it is a good idea to apply items such as hairspray, perfume, lotion, or makeup before putting on your pearls. Even the oil on your skin can cause damage over time, so limiting contact to skin may also help preserve your pearls.
Due to the delicate nature of pearls, they should be stored separately away from other hard jewelry items. Doing so can help to prevent scratches and other damage. It is best to store them in a cloth lined container, pouch or jewelry box.
Proper cleaning is essential in caring for your pearls. After every wearing, gently wipe your pearls with a slightly damp cloth and allow them to air dry. Special pearl cleaner is also available at your local jewelry store. If your pearls are strung on silk make sure you allow them to fully dry before wearing.
To prevent your strand of pearls from breaking, it is a good idea to have your pearls restrung periodically. For pearls that see heavy to moderate use, restringing as often as once a year may be advisable. If your pearls are professionally knotted this will help to prevent loss if your strand should break. Knotting also prevents your pearls from rubbing together and causing damage to each other.
A little bit of care and maintenance can ensure that your pearls will remain beautiful for years. Whether you need to have your pearls checked, cleaned, or restrung let the professionals at Amoskeag Jewelers help you with all of your pearl needs.
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