• Re-knot your pearl necklaces periodically to ensure that the silk cord holding them is in good shape.
• Always put your pearls on after you’ve applied your makeup, perfume and hairspray.
• Take your pearl rings off before applying lotions or creams.
• Dirty pearls may be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution or a specialty pearl cleaning solution. Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
• Don’t use an abrasive cleaner or wipe pearls with an abrasive cloth as both can scratch the nacre coating.
• Don’t use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean pearl jewelry.
• If you have purchased some pearls, I always suggest that because they scratch easily, you be careful to keep them in a safe place. If you purchased a hand knotted piece, make sure you keep it away from water as with water use the silk will stretch and extend the piece. A precaution as far as cleaning our sterling silver jewelry, all pearls and most semi-precious stones are porous and will get damaged by most jewelry cleaners. Baking Soda mixed with water can be applied with a soft cloth and works great. Make a paste, rub it on the jewelry and rinse. I sometimes use baking soda toothpaste which works just as well. If you live in the USA you can purchase Wright’s Silver Cream which can be purchased in most Supermarkets, it works great.
• Store your pearls separately from other jewelry. Pearls can be easily scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them.
• Place your pearls in a special slot in your jewelry box, or keep them in a soft bag made from a non-abrasive material.