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Pearls can keep their luster for a very long time, when cared for. Proper pearl care is not difficult, as long as you remember that these gems are organic by nature, grown in water from living cells of a living creature.
The best way to help your pearls maintain their luster is to wear them regularly. Your body's natural oils aid in maintaining the pearls' beauty.
Pearls should be worn alone. If worn with other jewelry, such as a gold chain or other necklace, they may be scratched or damaged.
Apply any cosmetics, lotions, perfume or hair spray before putting on your pearls. Make your pearls the last item you put on when getting dressed and the first item you take off.
Avoid contact with salt water, chlorinated water, or perspiration.
Wipe your pearls after wearing them, using a soft cloth.
Remove spills immediately when pearls come in contact with any foods or liquids. Wipe them with a soft damp cloth and then with a dry soft cloth.
Store your pearls separately from other jewelry, preferably in a cloth bag. Storing them in a slightly damp linen cloth will help the pearls from drying out in low humidity atmospheres and centrally heated areas.
Never clean your pearls with soap, detergents, or jewelry cleaner. A harsh cleanser can wear away the nacre.
Never use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machine or steam cleaner.
Have your pearls restrung every two to five years if worn regularly, or when the silk becomes dirty. Take your pearls to a professional jeweler for cleaning prior to restringing, which will add to the beauty and long life of your pearls.