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Monday, March 8, 2010

Caring for your Pearls

Welcome to ZaniL Design Elegant Jewellery.

This month I thought I would give you some advice
about how to care for your pearl jewellery, so that it will last longer and continue to look as beautiful as when you first bought or received them.

Pearls are a natural gem and need to be cared for in order for them to remain in optimum condition. I will list what you need to do in dot form so it is easier to remember.

  • Expensive pearls should be knotted so that if the silk thread breaks then you will not loose any of your pearls. Knotting also protects against abrasions from the pearls rubbing against each other over time.
  • knotted pearls have a elegant look and you can see each pearl individually.
  • Store pearls in the box they came in or separately from other jewellery to prevent other jewellery scratching the nacre and lustre of the pearls.
  • Pearls should be re knotted every 1- 2years depending on how often they are worn.
  • Do not allow perfumes, makeup, hairspray or chemicals to come in contact with your pearls. Pearls are a natural gem and will absorb the chemicals which will cause discolouration or loss of nacre. Pearls should be the last item to put on and the first item to take off .
  • Always wipe your pearls down after each wear with a damp cloth to wipe away acids from skin, as over time these will cause discolouration and loss of nacre.
  • If storing pearls it is not recommended to keep locked away in a safety deposit box for too long and the pearls will dry out and become brittle.
  • To clean pearls wipe down with a damp soft lint free cloth that has been immersed in a mild soap and then wipe with cloth rinsed in fresh water.
  • If pearls are really dirty take to a professionally jeweller, or buy some proper pearl cleaning solution.
  • The best way to look after your pearls is to wear them often , wiping them down after each wear. The pearls will absorb the moisture from your body and so will prevent them from becoming brittle. Re knot your pearls every year if you are wearing more than once per week.

Hopefully you have found this information useful. If you need someone to clean and re knot your pearls , I will be happy to do so. If you need some advice, I will be happy to help. Also if you want your pearls remodelled or a long strand made into 2 strands this can also be done. Give me a call .



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