Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How to Take Care of Freshwater Pearls

Most pearls today are cultured pearls. Stones and Findings carries a large variety of freshwater pearls , in many sizes, shapes and colours. To ensure that the high quality luster, and colour of the pearl remains unchanged, you should be aware of the risks in cleaning freshwater pearls. Below, you will find some tips on how to safely and gently clean, polish and take care of your freshwater pearl jewelry, to ensure durability and longevity.

First, it is important to remember that unlike semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls are organic. Freshwater pearls are created when one inserts a bead into a clam or oyster. Since the clam or oyster sees this as a foreign object, it proceeds to coat it with nacre. This nacre is the patina that gives the freshwater pearl its beautiful luster. To maintain it you make sure you follow these guidelines:


Maintaining your Pearls

  • Put your freshwater pearls on after you apply your makeup and perfume. This will ensure that no foreign substance will deposit on the pearls, dulling the shine.
  • Always remove any freshwater pearl jewellery before applying body or hand lotion
  • Always store your freshwater pearls individually in a soft cloth or pouch. This will ensure that they will not rub against each other, thus scratching the surface. If this is not possible, at least ensure they are not stored together with other gemstones or jewellery pieces, as these will definitely scratch your freshwater pearls.

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    Cleaning your Pearls

  • Before you store your freshwater pearls, make sure you wipe them with a soft cloth. You should try to do this as soon as you remove them for the day.
  • For dirtier pearls, try cleaning with a damp cloth. If that is ineffective, feel free to apply some mild soap in lukewarm water, and try cleaning with a soft cloth. Make sure you let them dry thoroughly before storing.

  • Pearl Cleaning Don'ts

  • Do notput any of your freshwater pearl jewellery in ultrasonic cleaners. While this method will likely clean any sterling silver metal on your jewellery piece, it will damage the luster of the pearl completely.
  • Do not use any solutions that contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals around pearls.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners on your freshwater pearls or rub any of your freshwater pearl jewellery with an abrasive cloth. This will rub and scratch the pearl, leaving it lackluster.

  • To view the wide selection of freshwater pearls that Stones and Findings carries, please click here .

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