Care of Pearls
Pearls are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully.
Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply lotion, makeup or perfume.
Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
Pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution (try Ivory flakes).
Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
Don’t put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth.
Don’t store your pearls with other jewelry, because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Keep them in a soft bag.
Your fine pearl necklaces should be restrung every couple of years.