Pearls are an organic gemstone, made of calcium carbonate, thus they require specialized care.
They are deteriorated easily from contact with chemicals, including components in household-cleaners, anti-tarnish removers, perfumes, cosmetics and hair care products of all types.
The surface of a pearl is soft and can be easily damaged.
Pearls set in rings and bracelets are more exposed to abrasion and scratching than pearls, which are set in brooches, earring, necklaces or strands.
Thus a pearls ring or bracelet should be a special occasion piece, which is not destined for daily wear and should not be worn when working with the hands.
GOOD WEARING RULE:
Pearls are the last thing, one puts on when dressing and the first thing one takes off, when one gets home. Never apply perfume or hairspray when wearing pearls jewelry.
Pearl jewelry should be stored separately from other jewelry since the surface of a pearl is soft and can be scratched easily by other gemstones.
A good way to store pearl jewelry is in a silk bag, a soft lined box or a pearl folder, which holds the pearl jewelry in position.
Pearls should never be stored in a plastic bag. Some plastics emit a chemical, which can cause the surface of the pearl to deteriorate.
Moreover pearls should not be stored in a safe or safety deposit for a long period. The ultra-dry atmospheric condition may dry out the pearls, which causes them to craze and develop small fractures on the surface.
If pearls are worn often they should be professionally cleaned once a year. Between these cleanings, they should be wiped gently with a damp soft cloth. They can also be cleaned with gently scrubbing with a mild solution of soap and warm water and then rinsed with cool water for some time.
The pearls should be air dried on a clean soft towel.
Pearls will naturally darken slightly with age and wear. The golden or creamy tones come with age and can not be removed by cleaning.
BIRTHSTONES AND ANNIVERSARIES:
Pearl is the birthstone for June and the gem of the third and thirtieth anniversaries.
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