Preserve the Pearl: Caring For Your Pearls at Home

Pearls are thought to be one of the most delicate treasures! Their timeless beauty, connection to nature, and representation of classic elegance makes pearl accessories a wonderful piece to pass on from generation to generation. But how do you possibly maintain the lavish beauty of such a delicate item? We are here to give you some great tips that are sure to help with the upkeep of your favorite pearl accessories.

Before we begin, let us say that whenever you have questions or concerns about anything related to your pearls, always seek out the help of an experienced jeweler. Their expertise and services should always help, especially jewelry retailers that carry the designer brand Mikimoto. Handling the most beautiful, cultured pearls in the world, Mikimoto retailers are used to offering pearls of the utmost quality and shine; thus, they can offer the best pearl care services. If you are in the city of Atlanta, your best option for a Mikimoto Dealer is Tara Fine Jewelry Company, located in Buford. With over 30 years of jewelry experience, Tara has the knowledge and skill to restore your Mikimoto Pearls to brand new condition! So now that we’ve covered the benefits of having a  jeweler’s help, let’s talk about what you can do at home to ensure that your Pearls last a lifetime.

1. They Are Last But Not Least

For most women, the last stop before walking out the door is the mirror, to ensure that the outfit for the day was the right choice and to apply a few touches of makeup. Did you know that this final stop might be causing damage to your loveable pearls? Cosmetics, hair products, and perfume can all cause damage to your pearls, resulting in a lack-luster accessory. When your day of events calls for your favorite Pearl Studs or a fashionable Pearl Ring, these beauties should be the last add-on item to your outfit.

2. Where Do Your Pearls Reside? Think About Proper Storage

Where do your pearls call home? Is it a crowded jewelry box that contains a jewelry collection of Diamonds, Gemstones, and other sharp objects? If it is, it is time for your pearls to relocate. Pearls are exceptionally cohesive and shock-resistant, but may be scratched when in close contact with sharp jewelry accessories, especially hard gemstones. To prevent these scratches or tangles with other pieces of jewelry, we suggest that you fasten clasps and pins before placing them into any jewelry box. Laying out each item into a separate compartment will also ensure that no damage comes to your luxurious Pearls. Think of pearls as being a slight loner; the more space they have, the better they thrive!

3. It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Take Off All Your Pearls!

Coming from the ocean, pearls do not take well to excessive heat or dehydration. Avoiding places like a sauna or anywhere with direct sunlight will keep your pearls from drying out and loosing their radiant glow. Even when it comes to storing your pearls, it is heavily suggested that you avoid leaving your pearl accessories in a dry room or in a safe deposit box. They just can’t take the heat! So don’t leave your pearls dry and parched; keep them in a cool environment.

4. Soap and Water Does The Trick

As an organic gemstone with extremely fragile properties, it is no surprise that pearls are vulnerable to harsh chemicals. While they are vulnerable to a variety of substances, pearls are particularly susceptible to damage when exposed to acid, bleach, or ammonia. This requires that you be delicate when it comes to cleaning and examining your pearls. In fact the best option for cleaning your pearls is good ole’ soap and water. Brushes, ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners, detergents, and baking soda can all cause more harm than good to your pearl accessories. In this instance, less is more. Simply use natural soap and a damp cloth to clean your pearls. However, let us note that Mikimoto does not suggest that you soak your Pearl Strand in water, as the water will weaken the silk thread. It is clear that wiping your jewelry delicately is the safest way to clean and revive your beautiful Pearl Collection.

5. Wear Them!

There is a saying that “pearls want to be worn,” and it is true! Nothing does more damage to your pearls than leaving them tucked away in a box somewhere, never to see the light of day. Let your pearls have some fresh air. So, take them out on date night. Let them celebrate those memorable holidays, birthdays, and weddings right along with you! Having your pearl accessories there to experience life’s greatest moments will make them so much more valuable when it’s time to pass them down to the next generation.

If we could describe Pearls in one word, it would be “timeless.” Not only are they always in style, but they have the ability to hold unforgettable memories, beautiful smiles, and countless laughs for ages to come. Whether found in a necklace, stud earrings, or a beautiful ring, the pearl is a precious gemstone that deserves the best care. Not because it was an expensive purchase, but because it can carry sentimental value unlike any other jewel. To help with the upkeep of your priceless pearls or to find that special pearl strand to be your family’s heirloom, come visit us at Tara Fine Jewelry Company. Our Mikimoto accessories and custom designs offer exquisite Pearls that are unique, luxurious, and durable – the best qualities for a family treasure. Visit your friends at Tara Fine Jewelry Company, home to a pearl that will carry your family’s name forever!

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