pearls
CARE FOR YOUR PEARLS
   
Pearls are organic and are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them with care.

CLEANING . . .

A good rule of thumb is that pearls are 
THE LAST THING YOU PUT ON when dressing and THE FIRST THING YOU TAKE OFF when you get home. To preserve your pearls' radiance, put them on as a last touch, after you've applied your makeup, perfume and hairspray.

The beauty of pearls' luster can also be harmed by perspiration, so wipe them gently with a soft cloth after each wear. 
If you remember these two rules about your pearls, you will enjoy their beauty for a long time.

Pearls can be cleaned with a cleaner designed specifically for pearl cleaning. Lay the strand flat on the towel; apply warm water solution with a natural soft bristle brush, scrubbing only very gently. To rinse, submerge the strand in cool water. Carefully remove the strand from the water and lay it on a fresh towel to air dry completely. Never hang it to dry. 

Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents, household cleaners, jewelry cleaners or tarnish removers. Don't put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner. Don't use abrasive cleaners or abrasive cloth, both can wear away the nacre.

STORING . . .

Pearls can be scratched easily when metal or other gemstones rub against them. Find a separate slot in your jewelry box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft jewelry pouch. Pearl strands should be stored flat rather than hanging so the thread won't stretch out prematurely. 

Because pearls are organic matter they need moisture to maintain their appearance. Pearls stored in an airtight environment can dehydrate, so they need to be taken out frequently. Without moisture pearls will begin to lose their luster, and the nacre will become brittle, so wear them...it's good for them. Your pearls want to be on your skin!
CARE FOR YOUR JEWELRY

Below is a list of the do's and don'ts for taking care of your jewerly.

DO . . . 

... clean jewelry regularly. Keeping jewelry clean of tarnish, body oils, cosmetics and perfume residue extends the life of the piece and prevents chemical damage to the materials. 
 ...polish your jewelry with a clean polishing cloth after EVERY wear. Be sure to choose an appropriate polishing cloth - use non-treated soft cloth to polish silver plated jewelry and for silver use a special anti-tarnish treated one.
...wear metal jewelry pieces often. Wearing jewelry prevents the buildup of tarnish, as contact with the skin gently rubs off tarnish as it's created.
 ...store with anti-tarnish strips to decrease the repolishing necessary to maintain sterling silver.
... store and display jewelry individually, in separate boxes or bags. 
... store silver and copper in a dry environment. Moisture causes tarnish and corrosion. Never store jewelry in the bathroom.
... put jewelry on after you finish applying make-up, perfume, lotions or hairspray. Metal components can react with skin oils, hand lotions and sanitizers. 
... remove jewelry if you are going to be physically active and likely to perspire. The cord will absorb the salt and odor of perspiration. Salts and acids in perspiration are corrosive to silver and even some gemstones.

DON'T . . .

... store silver jewelry directly on wood surfaces. Woods frequently contain acids that react to the metal and cause discoloration and tarnish.
... clean silver items in stainless steel containers, it will turn black.
... clean jewelry with toothpaste.
... scrub silver pieces. Use a gentle, circular motion to polish silver and be especially careful when polishing silver-plated jewelry.
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