Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Caring for Your Find Pearls

By Nancy Noel May

Pearls should always be handled with care, whether natural or cultured. Always put on your pearls (in fact, all jewelry) after you have applied make-up, lotion, hairspray or perfume. The build up of these products is inevitable, but the less that gets deposited on your pearls, the better. After removing your pearls, wipe them with a soft cloth, such as flannel, chamois or soft cotton.

Your pearls may be washed in warm water and very mild soap, I like Ivory liquid. Gently rub the pearls with a soft cloth to remove dirt and grime. Rinse with clear water and lay flat on a towel to dry. Do not hang up to dry as stretching of your silk will occur.

Store your pearls in their own soft fabric bag, tossed into your jewelry box with the rest of your jewelry can leave scratches in the nacre coating. Periodically, have your pearls restrung, since the silk will stretch over time with wearing. Bring your pearls into Spectrum Art & Jewelry for our in-house restringing service, where we specialize in hand-knotting on silk.

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