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Pearl care and maintenance


Your choice fell on beautiful pearls and you would like them to retain their magnificent luster forever?



When it comes to pearls, prevention is key. Once your pearls are damaged, it is impossible to restore them. Be aware that your pearls are made up of organic materials and therefore sensitive to chemical products that can alter their surface and make their luster dull and matte. , fixative, chlorine (we therefore avoid the swimming pool with its pearls) and other chemical products. So get into the habit of wearing your jewelry after you've finished washing. Also pay attention to household products as well as heat sources that can dry out your pearls.



We can never repeat it enough, the best way to keep your radiant pearls is to simply wear them. The pearl must maintain a humidity level above 4% to stay healthy. The moisture from your skin will help nourish your pearls. These will be grateful to you for wearing them. Be careful, however, in hot weather, because if you sweat profusely, you will need to pay particular attention to the maintenance of your pearls. The same attention should be paid if your skin is very acidic.


It is recommended to clean them regularly with a soft, damp cloth before storing them. This will remove any chemicals and perspiration that may have stuck to the surface and damaged the beads. Take the time to thoroughly clean each of the pearls, paying attention to the less accessible places.  Then let your jewelery dry flat before storing it.


Be careful not to rub the pearls! Remember that you only want to remove surface contaminants, not polish them. Never use brushes or accessories designed to clean metal jewelry. You should never attempt to clean your pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner or use silver or gold cleaning fluids as this will permanently damage them.


A natural ally

You can use a few drops of olive oil on a soft cloth to clean your pearls occasionally. In small quantities, olive oil will enhance the luster of your pearls without damaging them.  This will enhance the luster of the pearls and maximize their shine. Again, only use a little oil and be sure to let the jewelry dry flat before storing. This method can be used once every two years or so.



It is advisable to keep your pearls in a case or in a soft cloth.  Take care to avoid contact with your other jewelry. Unfortunately in terms of hardness, the mother-of-pearl of your pearls is no match for the metals and other stones of your jewelry. To avoid scratches or scuffs on your pearls, store them in their case or a pouch of soft fabrics. It is important to know that there is no "method" to repair a damaged pearl.


We strongly advise you not to leave pearls in safety deposit boxes at the bank. Exposing your pearls for long periods of time to a very dry atmosphere will cause their moisture levels to drop, which can cause your pearls to crack, crack or peel in the long run.


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We recommend that you wear your pearls regularly to help them maintain their beauty, while of course enhancing your own. However, wearing a pearl necklace regularly will eventually wear out the silk thread holding the pearls. If it was mounted in the rules of the art, a knot established between each pearl will protect you from losing all of your pearls in the event of breakage and will prevent the pearls from rubbing against each other.


To avoid any breakage of the silk thread, it is recommended to have it examined annually by an expert (jeweler, jeweler or by Perla of course). If necessary, you can wind your pearls on a new silk thread to ensure optimal resistance.


You may have heard that you should never take a shower with a pearl necklace on. Other than chemicals and soaps that can damage mother-of-pearl, it is large amounts of water that can damage the floss binding your pearls together. if it is weighted. In the event that your pearl necklace is soaked, it is therefore imperative to let it dry flat, so that the weight of the pearls does not stretch the silk thread.

If you have any specific questions regarding the maintenance or care of your pearls, do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to advise you so that your wonders retain their shine for generations to come.

Taking a pearl out of a jewel is not always a simple task..

Did you know?

You can safely immerse fine and cultured pearls in acetone.

The acetone will dissolve the glue/epoxy without damaging the pearl. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, but it will be effortless and safe for the pearl. However, make sure of the authenticity of the pearl before proceeding because imitations as well as mabé pearls will be  irreparably damaged, or even completely ruined. Also make sure to use pure acetone and not nail polish remover which also contains alcohol and perfumes.

This technique is safe for metals but could damage any materials containing plastics including stones stabilized with epoxy or reconstituted.

If in doubt, seek advice from a gemologist. 

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