Storing Your Pearls

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Summer lovin' is drifting away.  With Fall 2013 pearls will all be the rage (again) -- just look at Alexander McQueen's latest pearl obsession.Lazy summer days are no excuse to take it easy on your pearls' pampering.Pearls are organic gems that require extra TLC. Pearls are sensitive to common person... read more

Summer lovin’ is drifting away.  With Fall 2013 pearls will all be the rage (again) — just look at Alexander McQueen’s latest pearl obsession.

Lazy summer days are no excuse to take it easy on your pearls’ pampering.

Pearls are organic gems that require extra TLC. Pearls are sensitive to common personal and household products, like perfume, vinegar, and lemon juice which easily cause damage and should not come in contact with pearls. Pearl rings and bracelets usually receive more damage than necklaces or earrings.

Most pearls will darken and develop golden and creamy colored age spots. Unfortunately, this process cannot be reversed.

When in doubt, here’s a pearl of wisdom for you: Pearls should be the last item that you put on and the first item that you remove.  After wearing pearls wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois, which may be dry or damp.

Storing Your Pearls

Where to store your pearls

Good storage options include:
— A bag made of silk
— A box with velvet lining
— A pearl folder with satin lining

Bad storage options include:
— Plastic bags and plastic containers
— Safety deposit boxes (for extended periods)

Bonus tip: Keep your pearl strands stored flatly, instead of hanging, to avoid unnecessary stretching.

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Whether you’re thinking of adorning yourself in pearls on your special day or preserving them as family heirlooms, remember that pearl jewelry is another long-term commitment. In infinitely modern fashion, pearls are always timeless.

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