A set of rulesTo ensure you will be enjoying your pearls, real or otherwise, all your life and eventually turn them into heirlooms, here's how to take care of them:
- 1st Rule: Last on, first off. This means your pearls should be the last thing you put on, after any cosmetic product and perfume has been absorbed or dried. At the end of the day, you take them off first.
- 2nd Rule: Follow the manufacturer's care tips. These tips usually include: storing them in their case, separated from other jewels and metallic pieces, so they don't get scratched, and instructions for cleaning (no chemical or abrasive products, or perfumed soaps, or ultra-sound!). Also, if you do not follow them you will most probably not be covered by their warranty. In the absence of manufacturer's instructions of care, wash them only using warm water and a PH-neutral soap. Leave them spread out on a soft cloth for at least two days in order to allow the thread to dry properly.
- 3rd Rule: Check the knots and thread. Have them professionally restrung when needed (depending on use) or every decade or so.
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This post belongs to the TRL series Pearls that is ongoing. It first appeared April 19 2012, the text has been edited and images added.