The precious and illustrious pearl is one of the most popular choices when it comes to accessorising, and has a rich history (link to history blog) within the jewellery industry. There are so many pearl pieces you can purchase, from single strand necklaces, to small pearl studs and many occasions you can wear them to. These timeless and chic pieces have been chosen by brides to be when perfecting their outfits for the big day and match wonderfully with all manner of eveningwear. This season, we even have some contemporary pieces that you could wear in the day, like pearls suspended on yellow or white gold hoops, and pendants with thin chains and one small pearl for a modern take on a classic.
There is one thing however that will never change when it comes to pearls, and that is how to care for them. They can be very delicate, and it is always a good idea to make sure you are prepared to look after the pieces before you purchase them. That is why we have put together a run down of everything you need to know on how to look after pearls.
- Don’t be afraid to wear them often
Unlike a lot of other jewellery, pearls actually get more luminous with wear. Your body helps to bring out the shine and iridescence of a pearl due to the oils in your skin keeping the pearl at optimum quality. Pearls occur in water, and so need moisture to keep them from drying out too much.
- Store them correctly
As mentioned, pearls can dry out, so how and where you store them play a big part in the upkeep of pearls. It is best to keep the pearl in a cloth made from natural fabrics, and never ever put them in plastic bags that are sealed completely as this will dry the pearl out, leading it to crack.
- Keep away from perfume and lotion
Anything that has chemicals in it, like perfume, lotion and even makeup can tarnish and harm the pearls, as well as affecting the outer layer. It is best to ensure that any beauty products or fragrances have completely dried off before putting your pearls on.
- Take them off when exercising
While your pearls may love your skin, they don’t love perspiration, so it’s best to take your pearls off before you start working out. Especially if you are swimming in a pool full of chlorine. Again, anything that can compromise the outer layer of the pearl can change and damage it’s look.
- Clean them with the correct products
You can clean pearls, but make sure you do it gently. It’s best to clean pearls with a soft cloth and nothing else. This will remove a lot of dust and dirt that can get trapped in between pearls, as well as help to remove any marks without using any chemicals.
- Call in a professional
It’s always a good idea to visit an expert to give your pearl jewellery a professional clean and service. Goldsmiths offers a fantastic aftercare service to each and every customer, ensuring your purchase can be kept it the best condition for many years to come.
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