The beautiful lustre and natural colour variations are what get me most excited (hands up, who's a jewellery geek?) just like people, no two pearls are the same.
Pearls can be damaged with incorrect care, so here's a helpful rundown on how to keep your pearls looking good as new.
1. DO WEAR YOUR PEARLS
When you're not wearing your pearls keep them safe in the box you bought them in, or a silk bag. If pearls are stored alongside your other jewellery in your jewellery box they run the risk of being scratched.
3. DO WIPE YOUR PEARLS AFTER BEING WORN
Give your pearls a wipe with a chamois or microfibre cloth after you've worn them to remove any traces of perfume or perspiration.
4. DO GIVE YOUR PEARLS AN ANNUAL CHECK UP
Have a good look over your pearls looking particularly for discolouration, any stretching in the string if your pearls are strung and make sure your pearls are still held securely.
5. DO HAVE YOUR PEARLS CLEANED BY AN EXPERT
If you wear your pearls often a yearly clean by an expert is a really good idea to prolong the life of your jewellery.
6. DO LET YOUR PEARLS BREATHE
Pearls need to breathe, a storage environment too dry, hot or lacking in fresh air can eventually dull the lustre (shine) of pearls. Steer clear of airtight boxes or ziplock bags. Without air the nacre of pearls can crack and turn yellow.
7. DO TAKE OFF YOUR PEARLS
Make sure you take off your pearls when around water, when you're likely to sweat and around any chemicals.
8. DO PUT YOUR PEARLS ON LAST
Always put your pearl jewellery on last. Allow your hairspray, moisturisers and perfumes dry before putting on your pearls. Build up of cosmetics and scents can dull the lustre of your pearls and can eventually eat away at the nacre.
9. DO STORE YOUR PEARLS FLAT
Storing strung pearls in a hanging position can stretch the string, instead store your pearls flat.
10. DO ASK US!
If you have any questions on how to care for your pearl jewellery, pop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would love to help you!