Our guide to looking after your pearls
Pearls are resilient and meant to be worn, but they are also delicate and require proper care. Use the following guidelines to enjoy your pearls and you can protect them for generations to come. If you are in doubt about any aspect of their care, please bring them in to us at Tustains for free advice.
- Daily routine care
Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to chemicals including everyday acids and alkalis, which are found in some cosmetics, hair sprays and perfumes . To preserve your pearls' radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with these substances. Always put on your jewellery as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling your hair.
The pearl's lustre can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent damage, always wipe them gently with a soft cloth before returning them to the jewellery box, .
You should try and avoid exposing your pearls to extremes of humidity.
- Storage of pearls
Pearls are exceptionally cohesive and shock-resistant, but may be scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a compartmentalised jewellery box. When carrying jewellery, use a protective jewellery pouch.
Leaving pearl jewellery in a security box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that "pearls want to be worn," and it is true!
- Re-freshing any older pearl jewellery in your collection
Tustains also offer customers a specialist pearl re-stringing service, just ask us for more details.