After wearing pearl strands, dirt and grease eventually get in between the pearls and attacks the material upon which they are threaded. As the thread weakens, it increases its chance of breaking. Eventually, the thread will look discoloured and tired.
As with everything else, the ‘life’ of an object depends on how well you look after it. Typical recommendations for re-stringing pearls depends on how often you wear your pearls and how well you care for them after use.
Taking Care of Pearls
- Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your makeup and perfume.
- Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.
- 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.
- Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution.
- Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
- Don't put pearl jewellery in an ultrasonic cleaner. Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.