Pearl jewelry is precious, prestigious, and classic—but also delicate! To keep your pearls shining and lustrous, they require special care. Here are some tips on how to clean pearl jewelry at home.
1. Prepare for Cleaning
First, you'll need some supplies: a soft microfiber cloth, a bowl of cool water, and a mild soap-like dishwashing liquid. You'll also want to ensure you're working on a soft, clean surface like a towel or felt. This will help protect your pearls from scratches.
2. Inspect Your Pearls
Before you start cleaning, it's important to ensure your beautiful pearl jewelry has no cracks or chips. A damaged pearl can absorb the soapy water and become dull or discolored. Make sure the silk strand has not stretched.
If your pearls are cracked or chipped, it's best to take them to a professional jeweler for repair.
3. Wipe Your Pearls Gently
To remove any dirt or grime on the surface of your pearls, start by gently wiping them down with a soft microfiber cloth. Be sure to avoid using anything abrasive, like paper towels or regular cleaning cloths, which could scratch the delicate surface of the pearls.
If your pearls are especially dirty, you can add a drop or two of soap to the water and gently swirl the pearls around before wiping them down with the microfiber cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or detergents, which could damage the pearls.
4. Let Them Dry
Never store your pearls without drying them properly. It is not advisable to swim or shower with pearl jewelry on. If you've been swimming or sweating heavily, be sure to rinse them off in fresh water and then gently pat them dry with a soft cloth.
It's also important to ensure your pearls are completely dry before putting them away, as moisture can cause them to degrade over time. If you're not sure they're completely dry, you can set them out on a towel in a well-ventilated area until they are.
Cleaning your pearl jewelry is the best way to care for them and keep them looking their best. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your pearls will stay beautiful for years. Get in touch with us to learn more about different kinds of jewelry and how to take care of them.