Pearl designer jewelry is the only designer jewelry to feature precious stones that are created by living creatures. This makes the pearl a rather unique precious stone. Pearls have even more differences than other precious stone minerals you find in designer jewelry and a lot of those differences are in regards to jewelry care. Some of the jewelry cleaning and caring techniques you make use for you other pieces of fine designer jewelry may not be as effective when applied to pearl designer jewelry. Even worse, some of those same cleaning and storing techniques may actually lead to the damage of your pearls. Needless to say, you don't want any sort of damage to affect the longevity of your pearl jewelry, especially if it is by your own careless wrong doing. So let's go over some of the dos and don'ts when caring for you pearls.
Pearls are soft and gentle one the eyes, as well as in their mineral makeup. This makes them sensitive to certain chemicals, which means you better be sure you know how to wear and clean them properly. Pearls are easily damaged by chemicals like perfume, vinegar and lemon juice. You should also know that extreme heat could turn pearls brown or make them crack. That is important to know when storing pearl designer jewelry for a long period of time.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner. Pearls are too sensitive for the power of ultrasonic cleaners and could result in damage. The same applies for steam cleaners, dish detergents, bleaches, baking soda, and ammonia-based cleaners. Don't scrub the stones with a tooth brush, or any other abrasive material. Never wear pearl designer necklaces or designer bracelets when the string is wet, and you should have them restrung once a year if you where them often.
Wow! That sounds like a lot of rules for wearing pearls, but all of those things are easily unavoidable if you know the right precautions to take when dealing with pearl designer jewelry. In lieu of those bad things, let's talk about the right way to handle your pearls. After you wear them, wipe them off with a soft cloth that is slightly damp. After washing, lay the jewelry flat on a soft towel to dry. Store them carefully and without touching other pieces of designer jewelry. When in doubt, bring them to your local jeweler and they can use their expertise to clean your pearls.
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