Taking Care of Your Pearls

While diamonds are ranked 10 on Mohs Hardness Scale, pearls are ranked 2.5 on the scale, which means they are considered as a very soft kind of gems. Special care should be taken so that your pearls can maintain its shimmer. 

 

1. Last thing on, first thing off

The first thing you should always remember, is to put on your pearl jewelry last, after everything: after lotion, make-up, perfume, hair-spray or any other products which contains chemicals, and even after getting dressed. Your pearl jewelry should be the first thing to be removed before getting undressed. 

 

2. Prevent rough fabrics

Always prevent wearing pearls with clothes made of rough fabrics.

3. Storage

Before putting your pearls away, wipe them gently with a piece of fine, soft cloth. Each piece of pearl jewelry you purchase from Harty Pearls comes with a soft little velvet pouch. Always keep your pearl jewelry in this pouch once removed to prevent scratches. Do not keep your pearls in plastic bags or containers as plastic can emit a chemical that can damage or erode your pearls. 

 

4. Keep away from water

Do not wear your pearls in the pool, bath, shower, sauna or steam bath. Pearl jewelry should never be submerged in water. The reason is that pearls are mounted on your jewelry with epoxy glue. Prolonged contact with moisture or water can dissolve the epoxy and ultimately the pearl can detach from your jewelry. 

 

5. Pearls are not for sports! 

Remove your pearls jewelry before sports or exercise to avoid contact with perspiration or damage. 

 

6. Give them some love 

Wear your pearls often! Give them some love! Your body's natural oil can keep them lustrous.